MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - In the span of about one month, Mountaineer pitcher BJ Myers graduated from WVU, became the program's all-time leader in innings pitched and heard his named called at the 2018 MLB Draft.
Myers becomes the first Mountaineer to be selected by the Tampa Bay Rays. He was drafted in the 35th round.
Myers holds the WVU record with 305.1 innings pitched in his career and is tied for No. 1 all-time with 49 starts. He finishes his career ranked No. 2 in program history with 67 career appearances and No. 8 with 245 strikeouts.
Myers earned Freshman All-America honors and was named to the All-Big 12 Rookie Team in 2015, while he was recognized on the All-Big 12 Second Team in 2017. As a senior in 2018, Myers led the team with 77.1 innings pitched and 14 starts. He struck out 59 batters and posted a 4.19 ERA.
Myers joins Michael Grove, Kyle Gray and Jimmy Galusky as Mountaineers selected in this year's draft. He's the 20th draft selection in head coach Randy Mazey's tenure, marking the most successful six-year stretch ever for Mountaineers in the MLB Draft.
WVU signees Lawrence Butler and Theo McDowell were also drafted.