Three Virginia Tech players were chosen Wednesday on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft, along with a Virginia player and a Radford player.
Hokies junior outfielder Kerry Carpenter was chosen by Detroit in the 19th round.
“This has been my dream since the middle of high school,” he said.
Carpenter said he plans to turn pro and skip his senior season.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Carpenter hit .272 with 13 doubles, 10 homers, 45 RBIs and 44 runs for the Hokies this year after transferring from a junior college.
“I wasn’t too big in high school,” he said. “I really started putting in that extra work in college. I tried to realize my full potential.”
Virginia Tech pitcher Nic Enright, a fourth-year junior, was taken by Cleveland in the 20th round. He was drafted out of high school by the New York Mets in the 19th round in 2015.
He said “more likely than not” he will turn pro and skip his senior season.
“I’m ready to start my pro career,” he said. “I feel a lot more prepared now than I did four years ago.”
Enright missed the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
He was 1-3 with a 3.93 ERA, one save, 63 strikeouts and 17 walks in 50 1/3 innings this year. He said he throws 89-93 mph.
“After my time at Virginia Tech, I know how to start, I know how to relieve,” he said. “I know how to do just about everything.”
Hokies junior pitcher Jack Dellinger was taken by Detroit in the 32nd round.
“It’s an exciting opportunity that I’ve been waiting for for a long time,” Dellinger said.
Dellinger said he intends to turn pro and bypass his senior season.
Tech was the third college stop for Dellinger, who pitched for Purdue as a freshman before transferring to a junior college.
The 6-6, 220-pound Dellinger was 1-4 with a 5.81 ERA, two saves and 31 strikeouts in 31 innings for the Hokies this year. He said he throws 90-95 mph.
“I’ve grown an inch every single year I’ve been in college, so that certainly didn’t hurt,” Dellinger said. “The velocity came along more than ever this year.”
UVa outfielder Cameron Simmons, a fourth-year junior, was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round. He was the third Cavalier taken in the three-day draft.
Simmons hit .260 with 12 doubles, 12 stolen bases, five homers and 34 RBIs this year.
He made the All-ACC second team in 2017. Simmons was taken by Texas in the 15th round last year, even though he missed the 2018 season because of shoulder surgery.
Radford junior first baseman Spencer Horwitz was chosen by Toronto in the 24th round.
“I called my mom and called my dad and called my brothers. They were all so happy for me,” he said.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Horwitz said he intends to turn pro and skip his senior season.
“I was undersized, underrecruited. Hard work and determination have got me to where I am,” he said. “So grateful for the opportunity I have.”
Horwitz hit .268 with 10 homers, 41 RBIs and 49 runs this year.
He earned Freshman All-America honors in 2017, when he hit .311 and helped Radford advance to the NCAA tournament. In 2018, he made the All-Big South second team for the second straight year.
The draft concluded Wednesday with Rounds 11-40.
VMI junior ace Zak Kent, who was chosen by Texas in the ninth round Tuesday, said Wednesday that he has decided to turn pro and skip his senior season.
“[Getting drafted] means the world,” Kent said. “[Since] my sophomore year in high school, all I’ve wanted to do is play professional baseball.”
He ranks seventh nationally with a school-record 132 strikeouts in 97 innings. He walked just 30 batters.
Kent said he consistently throws his fastball 90-92 mph. His slider is his biggest asset.
“I’ve always kind of been a late bloomer. And then I kind of bloomed my junior year at VMI,” he said.