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Jay Woolfolk had a busy spring: The UVA closer/QB is having an even busier summer

Chris Graham
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Photo: UVA Athletics

Jay Woolfolk, after a busy spring balancing his duties with UVA baseball and the UVA football team, is set up for an even busier summer.

Woolfolk, a righthander who is a projected second- or third-round 2024 MLB Draft pick, is among 24 UVA baseball players fanning out across the country playing summer baseball.

The program announced on Tuesday that Woolfolk will suit up for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the prestigious Cape Cod League.

I should put the word eventually in there as a qualifier, because Woolfolk will only be headed to the Cape if he doesn’t first make the USA Collegiate National Team.

Woolfolk is among three Cavaliers – along with first baseman Ethan Anderson and shortstop Griff O’Ferrall – on the 58-man training camp roster for the USA Collegiate National Team.

That 58-man roster will be cut down to the 31 that will compete in a pair of five-game series with Chinese Taipei and Japan June 30-July 12.

Woolfolk got an inning in the USA team’s intrasquad series opener on Sunday, striking out two in a tidy 1-2-3 frame, and he put up another scoreless inning on Tuesday, striking out two, walking one and allowing one base hit.

Not bad for a guy that Brian O’Connor seemed to be reluctant to use in the NCAA Tournament and College World Series.

Woolfolk, you may remember, pitched to a total of seven batters in Virginia’s postseason run, with O’Connor saying after the season-ending loss to TCU in Omaha that Woolfolk’s busy spring with baseball and spring football “took a toll on him a little bit.”

Anyway, it would seem that Woolfolk could be making a good case for making the national team, which if that happens, he might not even make it to the Cape.

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UVA QB Jay Woolfolk. Photo: UVA Athletics

In either case, the UVA football team is on Grounds, with guys enrolled in summer school and participating in summer workouts.

Woolfolk is supposed to be in the running for the QB1 spot with Monmouth transfer Tony Muskett, who got the bulk of the first-team reps in the spring, with Woolfolk getting limited live action as he balanced football and baseball.

His summer schedule would seem to point us in the direction of him putting his personal focus not on winning the QB1 job, but trying to set himself up for the 2024 MLB Draft.

Which would be a wise move on his part.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].