Early, O'Donnell come off the board on day two of MLB Draft
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- A pair of UVA juniors in pitcher Connelly Early and outfielder Ethan O'Donnell both came off the board on day two of the MLB Draft.
A night after the Boston Red Sox chose Virginia catcher Kyle Teel, the Red Sox returned in the fifth round to take lefty Connelly Early to complete the Cavalier battery at pick No. 151. O'Donnell was drafted a round later in the sixth by the Cincinnati Reds at No. 168 overall, the first UVA player selected by the Reds since Andrew Abbott in 2021.
Between Teel, Jake Gelof (Los Angeles Dodgers), Early and O'Donnell, Virginia had four players selected in the first six rounds of the draft for the first time since 2017 and third time in program history. Overall since Brian O'Connor took over in 2004, the Cavaliers have produced 98 draft picks.
Early broke out in his one season at Virginia after transferring from Army, matching a program record with 12 wins and earning All-American honors from the NCBWA (First Team), Perfect Game (Second Team) and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (Third Team). The southpaw was a standout for the Cavaliers in the postseason as well striking out 20 batters in 18.1 innings pitched over three starts, while only allowing four runs.
O'Donnell also made a name for himself as one of college baseball's best defensive players in his one season with UVA. The Northwestern transfer earned Gold Glove honors, while also batting second in the lineup with 13 homers and 57 RBI on his way to first team All-ACC honors.