For the 11th consecutive season, Virginia Tech has had multiple players selected in the MLB Draft. Kerry Carpenter, Nic Enright and Jack Dellinger were all chosen during day three of the 2019 draft on Wednesday.
Carpenter and Dellinger, both juniors, were drafted by the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Carpenter was the first Hokie off the board, with the Tigers taking him in the 19th round. A native of Eustis, Fla., Carpenter spent two seasons at St. John’s River State College before coming to Tech for 2019. He immediately made an impact in Blacksburg, becoming one of the best hitters on the team early in the season.
The 6-foot-2 outfielder finished the year with a .272 average while hitting 10 home runs and driving in 45 runs. He set a season-high with six RBIs on March 15 against Pittsburgh.
Joining him in the Tigers organization is Dellinger, a 6-foot-6 pitcher from Bellevue, Wash. who was taken in the 32nd roud. Another transfer for Tech, Dellinger spent his freshman year at Purdue before playing at Chipola College for his sophomore year. He established himself as a solid relief pitcher for the Hokies this season, finishing the year with a 31 strikeouts in as many innings pitched. He posted a 5.81 ERA and picked up two saves on the season.
Rounding out the Hokies’ draftees is Enright, the only homegrown player to be drafted from Tech this season. The Richmond, Va. native was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 20th round. Enright immediately saw playing time on the mound in his freshman season. He made 12 appearances, including five starts in 2016. He redshirted in 2017 due to injury, but made a return to the mound in 2018, appearing in 25 games.
Enright’s junior year was his best in Blacksburg as he posted a 3.93 ERA while striking out 63 batters in 50.1 innings. He set a season-high with eight strikeouts on April 13 against Duke, his lone win on the season.
The three players drafted makes this Tech’s largest draft class since 2015. The Hokies have had 115 total draft picks in the 54-year history of the MLB Draft.