One day after Miami pitcher Andrew Suarez was taken in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, four more Hurricanes joined the lefthander Friday. Teammates Chris Diaz, Bryan Radziewski, Javi Salas and center fielder Dale Carey were all selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in rounds five through ten.
Diaz, a junior, was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round with the 163rd overall pick. The lefty was the 2014 ACC co-pitcher of the year and a Louisville Slugger All-American, finishing with a 9-1 record and a 2.41 ERA. He also had 86 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .236 average.
The next Hurricane off the board was Carey, selected by the Washington Nationals with the 214th overall pick. Carey led Miami this season with a .305 average, just a year removed from hitting less than .200. The senior had seven home runs, 16 doubles, and 29 RBI.
Radziewski, a lefty, was taken by the Houston Astros in the ninth round with the 256th overall pick. The senior was drafted in the 29th round last year but decided to return for his senior season. He went 8-2 with a 2.86 ERA and struck out 111 batters in 100.2 innings while holding hitters to a .228 average.
“Four years at UM passed in front of my eyes, and now I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life,” Radziewski told the Miami Herald. “I’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish.”
Salas, the fourth member of Miami’s pitching staff to be drafted, went to the Milwaukee Brewers in the tenth round with the 296th overall pick. The senior righthander threw a perfect game back in February, becoming just the 23rd Division I pitcher to do so. He had 2.92 ERA this year with a 4-3 record as Miami’s midweek starter.
“It’s been a great ride,” Salas told the Miami Herald. “Obviously, we started the season with high hopes and came a little short. But this is a great reflection of the program and coaching. Miami prepared us for this moment.”
The Hurricanes also had a high school commit drafted Friday. Archbishop McCarthy pitcher Brian Gonzalez was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round with the 90th overall pick.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Gonzalez finished his senior season with a 10-1 record and two saves with a 0.50 ERA and 129 strikeouts. He told the Sentinel’s Ryan Clark that he would speak to his parents about whether to attend Miami or sign with the Orioles.