Andrew McDonald goes to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds Select Andrew McDonald in the Ninth Round of the 2018 MLB Draft

After spending his first three seasons switching back and forth between being a starting and relief pitcher, Virginia Tech made Andrew McDonald one of the cornerstones of their bullpen this year. The senior reliever benefited having his best season in a Hokie uniform which also caught the eye of MLB teams.

Today, the Cincinnati Reds decided to make him a ninth round pick.

Andrew McDonald was selected 259th overall today by the Cincinnati Reds. McDonald’s selection makes it back-to-back drafts that Virginia Tech has had a player selected in the first 10 rounds with Packy Naughton being selected 257th overall by the Reds last year. McDonald is also the eighth-highest picked Hokie in MLB Draft history.

McDonald had his best season of his collegiate career in 2018 making 29 appearances and leading the team with 5 saves. In addition, McDonald had 67 strikeouts and averaged 11.03 strikeouts per 9 innings which also led all Hokies who made double-digit appearances.

While McDonald has been used as a starting pitcher at times in the past, his future is as a lefty reliever for the Reds with his strikeout per 9 inning rate being quite good for a reliever.

Congrats to Andrew McDonald on being selected in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Photo Credit: Dave Knachel/Virginia Tech Athletics

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