Baseball's Muhl Taken By Pirates in MLB Draft
Record-setting closer to join former teammates Mahala and Kemp in Pirates organization
WASHINGTON - The George Washington baseball team saw its second player drafted on day three of the MLB First-Year Player Draft when recent graduate Eddie Muhl was taken in the 25th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon.
The selections of Muhl and Joey Bartosic (19th round, Colorado) mark the first time the Colonials have had multiple draft picks in the same season since 2010 when Eric Cantrell (seventh round) and Tom Zebroski (45th round) were both selected by the Kansas City Royals.
Muhl's selection also marks the third consecutive year that the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken a player from GW, joining former teammates Kevin Mahala (18th round, 2016) and Shane Kemp (26th round, 2015).
The Sherman Oaks, California, native is GW's all-time leader in career saves with 40 over his four-year career. He also ranks second amongst pitchers in program history with 88 appearances and is GW's single-season saves leader with 17 as a sophomore in 2015, a number that earned him a share of the NCAA Statistical Championship.
Muhl is a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference performer after earning Second Team honors this past season. He posted a 3.04 ERA and 11 saves over 24 appearances in his senior season with 22 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .259 over 47.1 innings.
He also earned a pair of nods to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-East Region Second Team (2015, 2016) during his career.
The six-foot-four, right-handed pitcher was the Cotuit Kettleers Pitcher of the Year in the famed Cape Cod League last summer. He was also a West Division All-Star after appearing in 16 games with two starts and pitching to a 3-1 record with a 1.84 ERA and 21 strikeouts across 29.1 innings.
Muhl is also the third player in GW history to go in the 25th round of the draft joining Scott Sharp (1994, Cincinnati Reds) and GW Athletic Hall of Famer John Flaherty (1988, Boston Red Sox).
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