CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia senior right-handed pitcher Shane Halley (Burke, Va.) was selected Wednesday by the Kansas City Royals in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Halley was picked with the 613th pick overall.
Halley is the fourth Cavalier to be selected in the draft this year; he joins Branden Kline (Jr., Frederick, Md.), Chris Taylor (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) and Stephen Bruno (R-So., Audubon, N.J.). Kline was a second-round selection (65th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. Taylor was picked in the fifth round (161st overall) by the Seattle Mariners, and Bruno was selected in the seventh round (224th overall) by the Chicago Cubs.
UVa has had 10 players selected in the top 10 rounds over the last three years and 21 total players overall over the past three seasons.
Halley had a strong senior year, going 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 22 appearances, including three starts. While working a career-best 50.1 innings, Halley allowed only 32 hits and limited his opponents to a .183 batting average. He yielded only eight extra-base hits. Six of his nine wins came in ACC play; that amounted to one-third of the Cavaliers' wins in conference play.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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