Head coach Randy Mazey has brought success to the WVU baseball program, winning nearly 300 games for the Mountaineers, but also preparing his players for the next level.
Since Mazey took over the WVU program in 2013, 31 former Mountaineers have been drafted by MLB clubs, and a handful of those have made the Major Leagues, including John Means, Ryan McBroom, Harrison Musgrave, Michael Grove, and Alek Manoah.
With former WVU pitcher Michael Grove making his MLB debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, it’s time we look at the former Mountaineers in the minor leagues and see who might be the next to make it to the big leagues.
Chad Donato (Houston Astros)
Donato is a right-handed pitcher that played for the Mountaineers from 2014-2016. Donato was an 11th round selection in 2016 and has worked his way up since then. This season, Donato has posted a 2-2 record with a 4.50 earned run average in 28 innings pitched.
Paul McIntosh (Miami Marlins)
McIntosh was originally drafted in 2018 by the Los Angeles Angels in the 34th round, but elected to stay at West Virginia until 2021. McIntosh is now catching in the Miami Marlins organization and has already propelled himself to AA. McIntosh is hitting .265 this season with three home runs, 15 runs batted in, and seven stolen bases.
Darius Hill (Chicago Cubs)
Darius Hill was a Mountaineer for all four years, playing from 2016-2019. Hill is a right fielder in the Chicago Cubs organization and is producing at the AA level. So far in 2022, Hill is batting .291 with four home runs and 12 runs batted in. Hill is a career .283 hitter in the minor leagues, so he could potentially get moved up to AAA.
Jackson Wolf (San Diego Padres)
As many can recall, Wolf had a successful career for WVU from 2018-2021, as he finished with a career 3.62 earned run average in Morgantown. Wolf is a unique prospect, as he stands at 6-foot-7 and throws from the left side. Wolf was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 MLB draft, and since then has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.76 earned run average and 56 strikeouts.
Ryan Bergert (San Diego Padres)
Bergert has reunited with his former teammate Wolf at the High-A level, as they both play for the Fort Wayne Tin Caps. Bergert himself was selected in the top-10 rounds of the MLB draft, as the Padres took him in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. Since getting drafted, Bergert has put up a 3.60 earned run average with 52 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched.
Kade Strowd (Baltimore Orioles)
The right-handed Strowd pitched for WVU from 2017-2019 and was selected in the 12th round of the 2019 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Strowd has a career earned run average of 5.00 in the minor leagues but has gotten off to a strong start in 2022. In eight innings pitched, Strowd has a 1.13 earned run average with 11 strikeouts.
Ivan Gonzalez (Chicago White Sox)
Gonzalez caught for WVU from 2016-2019 and was selected in the eighth round of the 2019 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox. In 2022, Gonzalez is batting .264 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in for the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.
Madison Jeffrey (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Jeffrey, the Cabel Midland High School product, pitched for WVU from 2019-2021, mostly serving as a relief pitcher. Jeffrey was selected in the 15th round of the 2021 MLB draft by the Dodgers, and since then has had limited opportunities. In only seven innings pitched, Jeffrey has a 2-1 record with a 6.43 earned run average for the single-A affiliate of the Dodgers. Jeffrey has recorded a save and struck out 11 batters in those seven innings.
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