Morris the first of two Wahoos drafted on second day

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- A pair of Virginia baseball players have come off the board on the second day of the MLB Draft.

The Toronto Blue Jays picked UVA sophomore infielder Tanner Morris at No. 147 overall in Tuesday's fifth round. A little more than an hour later, junior right-hander Noah Murdock was picked at No. 199 overall in Round 7 by the Kansas City Royals.

UVA recruit Jack Kochanowicz was also selected on Tuesday afternoon, at No. 92 overall by the Los Angeles Angels in Round 3. A 6-6 right-hander from a Philadelphia-area high school, Kochanowicz was ranked as the No. 61 overall prospect in this year's draft by Baseball America, and No. 75 overall by MLB.com.

The slot value for the No. 92 overall pick is $637,600. The deadline for draft picks to sign a pro contract is July 15.

Morris was an All-ACC third team selection at shortstop this spring after leading UVA in batting average (.353), runs scored (54) and doubles (21). After adding roughly 30 pounds after his freshman season, Morris raised his home run total from two to five, his doubles total from nine to 21, and his slugging percentage from .374 to .507.

Morris also hit .331 with eight doubles and 24 runs scored for the Harwich Mariners last summer in the Cape Cod league, earning both all-star and team MVP honors.

The slot value for the No. 147 overall pick is $367,900.

Murdock pitched a full season in a UVA uniform for the first time in 2019, after an arm injury forced him to miss the last month of his freshman season and the first half of his sophomore year. He set new career highs this spring in appearances (14), innings pitched (74 1/3) and strikeouts (69).

Murdock struggled in his final three starts after the Wahoos returned from exams break, going 0-2 with a 12.34 ERA in 11 2/3 innings pitched. He finished the season 3-6 with a 6.30 ERA.

The slot value for the No. 199 overall pick is $233,000.



 
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