SOUTH BEND, Ind. – University of Notre Dame junior RHP Pat Connaughton didn’t have to wait long into day two of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft to hear his name called as the Arlington, Mass., native was selected in the fourth round (121st pick) by the Baltimore Orioles Friday afternoon.
With the fourth round selection, Connaughton becomes the highest drafted Irish pitcher since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008. He is also the third Notre Dame player to be drafted in the top five rounds in two years, joining 2013 draftees Eric Jagielo (first round) and RHP Dan Slania (fifth round).
The two-sport star (basketball, baseball) is the fourth Irish baseball player in recent memory to get drafted in one sport after playing two at Notre Dame joining RHP Jeff Samardzija (football, baseball), OF Golden Tate (football, baseball) and INF Evan Sharpley (football, baseball).
Since Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki and pitching coach Chuck Ristano came aboard in 2010, nine Irish pitchers have been drafted by the MLB.
Friday’s selection marks the second time Connaughton has heard his named called in the MLB Draft as he was also picked in the 38th round (pick 1,163) of the 2011 draft by the San Diego Padres following his high school graduation from St. John’s Prep.