Because the 2021 MLB Draft progressed from Sunday to Tuesday, a pair of Quakers heard their names known as.
Peter Matt, an outfielder who graduated from Penn in 2020, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs within the tenth spherical (304th total), and shortstop Josh Hood was drafted within the twentieth spherical (586th total) by the Boston Purple Sox.
Out of the Ivy League, Penn had essentially the most prospects taken within the draft, as 5 gamers in complete had been drafted from the Historic Eight. Columbia’s Liam McGill was taken within the ninth spherical (277th total) by the Atlanta Braves, Dartmouth’s Ben Rice was taken by the New York Yankees within the twelfth spherical (363rd total), and Yale’s Rohan Handa was taken within the fifth spherical (146th total) by the San Francisco Giants.
Matt and Hood will turn into the seventh and eighth Quakers respectively to have been drafted to the MLB since present Penn baseball head coach John Yurkow took over in 2013. Moreover, since 1991, there have now been a complete of 16 gamers drafted from Penn.
Throughout his 4 years as a Quaker, Matt noticed will increase in nearly each statistical class throughout every successive season he performed. After a freshman 12 months during which he averaged .223 on the plate, Matt bumped his batting common as much as .308 his sophomore 12 months and .328 his junior 12 months. Earlier than his senior season was lower quick after eight video games because of COVID-19, he averaged .457, which was ok for tenth within the nation, and had an Ivy-high 16 hits. With 16 hits via eight video games, Matt averaged two a recreation, ok for second in the whole nation.
After he transitioned from the infield to the outfield his sophomore 12 months, Matt earned a second crew All-Ivy nod after which adopted that up by notching a primary crew All-Ivy choice his junior 12 months.
With an additional 12 months of eligibility in hand after his senior 12 months was lower quick, Matt utilized a graduate switch to play at Duke. There, he batted at a .297 common and was third on the crew in hits with 65 and second in homers with 15. That very same 12 months, Duke gained the ACC Championship after Matt’s sacrifice fly RBI was the one rating of the sport in opposition to NC State.
In contrast to Matt, Hood drew quite a lot of consideration early after a stellar freshman 12 months during which he was unanimously named Ivy League Rookie of the Yr and was voted first crew All-Ivy. That season, Hood, who performed at shortstop, began in all 41 of Penn’s video games and hit at a .331 clip. He additionally led the crew with eight residence runs and 25 extra-base hits.
Then, together with Matt, Hood’s sophomore season was canceled after eight video games because of COVID-19. Throughout these eight video games, Hood was second on the crew in hits with 10 and batted at a .263 common.
Penn has been no stranger to MLB success just lately, as aid pitcher Jake Cousins turned the primary former Quaker to be known as as much as the majors since 2013. Since he’s been known as up, Cousins has achieved fairly nicely for the Milwaukee Brewers, pitching 9.1 complete innings and giving up no earned runs and only one hit.
Time will inform if the identical destiny exists for each Matt and Hood.