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WVU's Boyd, Musgrave Selected in MLB Draft

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WVU's Bobby Boyd speaks following a game in 2014. WVU's Bobby Boyd speaks following a game in 2014.
MORGANTOWN - Day two of the MLB Draft brought good fortune for two members of the West Virginia University baseball team.

Center fielder Bobby Boyd and left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave both came off the board during the eighth round following a 28-26 season for the Mountaineers in their second season as members of the Big 12.

The Houston Astros used the 226th pick on Boyd, while Musgrave went No. 233 to the Colorado Rockies.

“It just all feels like a dream,” Boyd said in a statement. “I can’t believe this day has come. I want to thank everyone with the Astros for giving me this opportunity.”

The opportunity came after Boyd led both his team and the entire Big 12 with a .356 batting average while hitting 24 RBIs and stealing 18 bases. His speed became a topic of conversation in clubhouses throughout the league as teams game-planned for the Mountaineers.

Boyd’s eighth round selection is the highest for WVU since Jedd Gyorko went to the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2010 Draft. West Virginia had four players drafted a year ago, with Ryan Tuntland leading the way in the 29th round.

Musgrave was also drafted last year, then by the Philadelphia Phillies, but he elected to return to WVU for his junior season. The Nutter Fort native finished the year with a 5-3 record, striking out 87 batters in 106.1 innings of work with a 2.62 earned run average.

“I would like to thank the Rockies organization,” Musgrave said in a statement. “It’s a great honor and a new challenge that I look forward to.”

Both players have just wrapped up their junior seasons, meaning they could ultimately decide to return to West Virginia to play one more year. The deadline for underclassmen to make that decision is Friday, July 18th. WVU expects to have more players selected on Saturday as the Draft comes to a close with rounds 11-40 beginning at 1 p.m.

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