Liberty senior Evan Brabrand and juniors Jonathan Embry and Andrew McInvale were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft this week.
Brabrand was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 9th round with the 261st overall pick. The draft slot’s approximate value is $157.60k according to mlb.com.
Embry was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays int he 10th round with the 308th overall pick. The draft slot’s approximate value is $143.00k according to mlb.com.
McInvale was selected during the final day of the MLB Draft on Wednesday by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 37th round.
This trio helped the Flames to one of the program’s best seasons in school history, tying the program record with 43 wins while winning the ASUN Tournament and winning a game in the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Liberty’s closer, Brabrand had a 1.56 ERA this season while appearing in 24 games. He compiled a 4-2 record with 13 saves in 57.2 innings pitched. Brabrand had 72 strikeouts and 12 walks.
The ASUN Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, Embry, had a .308 batting average with 11 homeruns and 44 RBIs.
McInvale posted a 10-3 record with a 3.41 ERA over 103 innings in 17 appearances, all starts. He struck out 101 batters and walked 40.
With the selection of three Flames in this year’s draft, Liberty has now had 71 players taken in the MLB Draft during the 46-year history of its program and had at least one player chosen in each draft since 2000.
Additionally, Liberty signee Christian Gordon from Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg was selected in the 38th round of by the Pittsburgh Pirates.