Senior pitcher Will Guay of the Concord (West Virginia) University baseball team was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 17th pick in the 24th round of Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft in June.
Guay played for Snead State before transferring to Concord to complete his career.
Guay was the 725th overall selection and the fifth player drafted from the Atlantic Region. Only Shepherd’s Brenton Doyle was a higher selection among Mountain East Conference players, as he went in the fourth round to the Colorado Rockies.
The West Palm Beach, Florida, native is just the fourth Concord player to be selected in the MLB Draft and the first since Drew Bailey was a 35th-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2010.
Concord Hall of Fame member Don Van Deusen was drafted in consecutive years in 1966 and 1967, while Shayne Timmons was a 21st-round pick of Toronto in 1994.
This past spring, Guay went 6-4 on the mound with a 3.07 ERA while setting the single-season program record with 82 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. Guay limited opponents to a .229 batting average as he became an All-MEC first-team performer.
He’s the first CU pitcher to make first team all-conference since 2010.
Additionally, the 2019 draft choice was twice voted to second team all-region squads this postseason, the American Baseball Coaches Association and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association.