As the MLB draft wrapped up Wednesday another CMU Maverick got the chance to start his road to the show.
Pitcher Tyler Day was taken in the 19th round, 559th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays. Day began this season as a starter, but moved to the bullpen as the year went on and earned a team-leading four saves. He had a 2.64 ERA and threw 71 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched. Dealing with injuries in college has made it a tough road for Day, but he said the process has paid off.
"It's a pretty surreal thing," said Day. "It's a waiting game for sure, but definitely a blessing, and I couldn't be happier with who picked me up. I've been waiting for this since I could pick up a baseball. You always want to play professional baseball and then to realize it's kind of happening is a weird thing. When it happens it's a little weight off the shoulders and it's cool, but my new season starts in less than a week so I'm already back in the mode of where I know I have to go start trying to get people out and compete at the highest level that I can."
Day is the second Maverick drafted this year. Bligh Madris was taken by the Pirates in the ninth round, 268th overall, on Tuesday.