SEATTLE, Wa. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- With the 14th pick of the MLB draft the Boston Red Sox select UVA junior catcher Kyle Teel. Teel is the first cavalier to be drafted in the first round since 2017, and the 6th top 15 pick in Virginia history.

Though falling farther than anticipated, Teel's stop 15 selection comes as no surprise after his dominant junior campaign. The New Jersey native won the ACC batting title hitting .407 with 69 RBIs, 25 doubles and 13 home runs, helping the cavaliers to their second College World Series run during his time at UVA. He was a consensus All-American, the ACC Player of the Year as well as the Buster Posey Award and Johnny Bench Award  winner for college baseball's best catcher. 

"It's a dream come true," said Kyle Teel, "I've always wanted to be a pro baseball player. And I'm just so excited and ready to get to work coming into Virginia I was a lot different of a ballplayer than I am now. They really helped me develop not only as a player but as a person and they really sculpted the man I am today and I would just like to give it thanks to Coach O'Connor, Coach Mac Coach Kirby, all the coaches at Virginia and and especially my teammates and it was an honor to play there."

Behind the plate he started all 65 games at catcher, playing all but 23 innings. Teel threw out 15 runners attempting steal and helped manage a Cavalier pitching staff that sported the fourth-lowest ERA in college baseball.