Maryland RHP Kevin Mooney was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 15th Round of the 2015 MLB Draft Wednesday.
“It means a lot to me,” Mooney said. “I just want to thank our fans and everybody, it’s been an awesome ride. I can’t wait to see what the future of Maryland baseball holds.”
Mooney is the Terps’ all-time saves leader, topping current Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil earlier this season. The Maryland native recorded six postseason saves this year and 33 in his career.
“Mooney has established himself as one of the better closers in college baseball over the last few years,” Terps broadcaster John Vittas said in MBN’s Maryland Draft Preview. “He’s closed out big games in hostile environments without fail and isn’t phased by anything. Both his fastball and curveball are true swing-and-miss pitches and his curveball has more downward break than any pitch I’ve seen doing college baseball.”
The Forest Hill product pitched to a 1.89 ERA in 2015 and held opponents to a .154 batting average. The right-hander has struck out 125 batters in 114.2 innings in his career at Maryland.
“His fastball tops out at 94 mph and his signature pitch is his true downer 12-6 CB that he can throw in any count,” added MBN’s Jon Lewis. “His polished command of this 2-pitch mix makes him a top-10 round talent as a short inning reliever.”
This is the first time that Mooney has been drafted. He’ll have until July 17 to make a deal with the Nationals. If terms aren’t reached, he’ll return to College Park in the fall.
Listen to Vittas and Lewis break down Mooney as a pro prospect: