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MLB Draft Preview: 13 current, possibly future, UVA players among Top 250 prospects

Chris Graham
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Griff O’Ferrall. Photo: UVA Athletics

UVA shortstop Griff O’Ferrall has been climbing the draft board the past few weeks, and now looks to be a likely first-round pick in the 2024 MLB Draft.

If his name is called, that would give the Virginia Baseball program a first-rounder for the second straight year. Kyle Teel, now raking in Double-A in the Boston Red Sox system, with a projected MLB arrival date of spring training next year, went with the 14th pick in the first round in 2023.

The three-day draft begins on Sunday, and five members of the 2024 roster, and eight recruits from the high-school recruiting class that Baseball America ranked fifth nationally, are among the Top 250 prospects, from our scan of the prospect lists from Baseball America, D1Baseball.com, ESPN, The Athletic and MLB.com.

The consensus with O’Ferrall is that he will go in the latter stages of the first round, possibly as high as the 26th pick, which is owned by the New York Yankees.

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Ethan Anderson. Photo: UVA Athletics

The next guy from the 2024 roster likely to go is catcher/first baseman Ethan Anderson, who is ranked as the 45th-best prospect by The Athletic, and is a consensus second- to third-round pick.

Outfielders Casey Saucke (D1Baseball: #60) and Harrison Didawick (D1Baseball: #64) should go next, also likely in the second or third round

Right-handed pitcher Jay Woolfolk is the wild card among the group of 2024 ‘Hoos.

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Jay Woolfolk. Photo: UVA Athletics

D1Baseball.com has Woolfolk in its Top 100 (at 88), and MLB.com has him at 250. Meaning, we could see Woolfolk going as high as the second half of the third round, or free-falling into the into the ninth or 10th round.

Where Brian O’Connor will have his eyes focused during the draft will be on that Top 5 recruiting class, which has eight guys among the consensus Top 250 prospects, led by shortstop Caleb Bonemer (ESPN: #40).

Bonemer, along with shortstop Luke Dickerson (MLB.com: #49), right-handed pitcher Bryce Meccage (MLB.com: #51), outfielder James Nunnallee (ESPN: #52), and right-handed pitcher Trey Gregory-Alford (The Athletic: #89) could all go in the second or third round, which would lead to decisions with signing bonuses in the range of $1 million to $2 million potentially on the table.

Three other incoming recruits are projected fourth- or fifth-round picks – left-handed pitchers Tomas Valincius (MLB.com: #107) and William Kirk (MLB.com: #110) and third baseman Aiden Harris (MLB.com: #168).


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Chris Graham reviews the 2024 UVA Baseball draft class (link).

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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].