NEW YORK, N.Y. (WCAX) CVU alum Rayne Supple was selected in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies and Essex Junction native Theo McDowell was taken one round later by the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Supple became the first Vermont high school player since 2002 to be drafted when he was picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 38th round back in 2015. But Supple opted to attend Wake Forest rather than signing with Chicago, and this season, he posted a record of 5-2 with eight saves and a 2.11 ERA as the closer in Winston-Salem. Supple also played for the Vermont Mountaineers the past two summers. He has the option to sign with Colorado and play in the minors this summer or return to Wake Forest and enter his name in the draft again next year.
McDowell, also a pitcher, signed with another group of Mountaineers when he committed to play baseball at West Virginia University a few months ago. McDowell started high school at South Burlington before transferring to the Salisbury School in Connecticut where he has played the last three years. He also played last summer with Essex Post 91 in American Legion Baseball. He'll now have to decide between heading to Morgantown or signing with Texas. If McDowell sticks with his college commitment, he won't be eligible for the draft again until 2021.