CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- At least one of the Virginia baseball recruits selected in this week's MLB Draft says he still intends to play for the Wahoos.
Saying "I am bleeding navy and orange," Pennsylvania outfielder Chris Newell publicly announced Thursday afternoon on Twitter that he will not sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals drafted Newell at No. 1115 overall in Round 37 on Wednesday.
Thank you @Cardinals for selecting me, but I am bleeding navy and orange. I will be attending the University of Virginia⚔️ for the next chapter in my life! Lots of work still to be done! #1186 #Wahoowa @UVABaseball— Chris Newell (@C_Newell20) June 6, 2019
Entering this week's draft, Newell was rated as the No. 85 overall available prospect by Baseball America, and the No. 96 prospect by MLB.com.
Newell was one of three UVA baseball recruits selected during the three-day draft. Jack Kochanowicz, a 6-6 right-hander from a high school near Philadelphia, was taken at No. 75 overall in Round 3 by the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Right-hander Jayson Hoopes was taken by the Chicago Cubs at No. 1092 overall in Round 36 on Wednesday.