ACC Pitcher of the Year, Louisville junior Drew Harrington has signed his professional contract with the Atlanta Braves. Harrington, from Central Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, KY was drafted by the Braves in the 3rd round (80th overall) and will forgo his final season of eligibility with UofL.
MLB.com’s Jim Callis reports that Drew signed for a signing bonus of $900,000 which is $112,000 over the assigned slot value at pick #80 ($788,000). This is a good sign for Harrington & Atlanta’s intentions with his future development within their system.
Harrington was Louisville’s starter for its 4-3 loss in its final Super Regional game vs. UC Santa Barbara. Drew allowed no runs and struck out 12 in an amazing effort.
Louisville now will have to replace two of its weekend starters after Kyle Funkhouser completed his eligibility and was drafted in the 4th round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Freshman Kade McClure is your #1 candidate to join Brendan McKay in next season’s weekend rotation. McClure was undefeated (12-0) as Louisville’s mid-week starter, the 6-7, 235 provides a cushion of experience to replace Funkhouser & Harrington.
Clearly though there is a void to be filled & Dan McDonnell will likely evaluate his long relievers & his incoming young arms to figure out his final weekend starter & mid week starters for 2016-17.
Harrington is the 1st of 8 UofL Baseball Draft picks to sign. We’ll update our readers as the others make their decisions.
Louisville senior Anthony Kidston has also signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals.
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