Greater Cincinnati prospects picked on Day 2

More Greater Cincinnati baseball standouts were selected on the second day of the Major League Draft after Miami University pitcher Sam Bachman headlined Day 1 being the ninth overall choice going to the Angels.

The locals had to wait until round three just after 2 p.m. Monday when Tyler McDonough was called as the 75th pick overall by the Boston Red Sox. 

North Carolina State baserunner Tyler McDonough (13) against Arkansas during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark.

McDonough hit .339 with 15 homers and 45 RBI for the Wolfpack in 55 games. He was part of the NC State squad that saw their season ended against Vanderbilt in the College World Series semifinals when the NCAA ruled a game a "no contest" due to COVID-19 protocols. McDonough is listed as a second baseman but primarily played center field for the Wolfpack. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound McDonough has started all three seasons with the Wolfpack and is a switch hitter. 

At Moeller High School, McDonough showed his versatility.

"He primarily caught for three years but pretty early on I figured I couldn't have him out of the line-up a day," Moeller coach Tim Held said. "When I didn't want to catch him every day I could put him in the infield or put him in the outfield. He made us better at those spots as well. He's an incredible athlete."

McDonough also was a three-year starter at Moeller. McDonough was Greater Catholic League-South Player of the Year in 2018 when he hit .376 with four homers, 20 RBI and 19 steals for the Crusaders. 

In the fourth round, West Clermont's Cal Conley was chosen with the 126th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves. 

Texas Tech's Cal Conley (13) acknowledges the crowd after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning of the opening game Friday, June 4, 2021, against Army at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Texas Tech junior was recently honored with the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top shortstop, according to the College Baseball Foundation. Conley is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound switch hitter who hit .329 with 15 homers and 55 RBI in 2021. He hit safely in 43 of 56 games and had a .960 fielding percentage helping the Red Raiders to a Super Regional. Conley said the Braves liked the way he approached his game.

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