Radford has had 22 MLB Draft selections in its history. Six former Highlanders currently find themselves in MLB organizations, spanning from Single-A to Triple-A. In addition, four former Highlanders have reached the major leagues, with pitcher Ryan Meisinger being the most recent to accomplish the feat in 2018.

Below are the 22 former Highlanders taken in the MLB Draft:

  • Straton Podaras, selected by the Los Angeles Angels (2021) – Podaras was selected Big South First-Team All-Conference in 2021. Coming off his Senior year hitting over .300 and throwing out over 65% of would-be base stealers, Podaras joins the Los Angeles Angels organization.
  • JD Mundy, selected by the Baltimore Orioles (2020) – 2020 Preseason Player of the Year in the Big South Conference. Hit over .380 with 4 Homeruns in his 17-game Senior campaign that was cut short due to COVID. In his first year at the professional level in 2021, he hit .297 with 14 Homeruns 49 RBIs with the Aberdeen IronBirds (High Single-A).
  • Spencer Horwitz, 24th round, 2019 (Toronto) – Horwitz raked for Bluefield (Rookie) of the Appalachian League, earning a promotion to Class A-Short Season Vancouver before even playing a full season of professional baseball. The first baseman has a .306 average in the minors and had 49 RBI in 51 games for Bluefield.
  • Austin Ross, 35th round, 2018 (Philadelphia) – Ross reached Clearwater (A-Advanced) in his first full season of professional baseball, climbing from Rookie ball to Class A-Advanced in less than a season. Ross has a 3.45 ERA in his minor league career, including 74 strikeouts in 38 relief appearances in 2019. Ross has held opponents to a paltry .218 batting average over the course of his career.
  • Kyle Zurak, eighth round, 2017 (New York (AL)) – Zurak continues to climb through the ranks of the Yankees farm system, recently posting a 2.93 ERA in 41 appearances for Tampa (A-Advanced) of the Florida State League in 2019. Zurak has a 2.87 ERA in three seasons of minor league baseball, including a 3-1 strikeout to walk ratio.
  • Ryan Meisinger, 11th round, 2015 (Baltimore) – Meisinger became the fourth former Highlander to reach the big leagues in 2018 with Baltimore. Meisinger has posted an ERA under 3.00 in seven of his nine different stops across the minor leagues, including a stout 0.78 ERA with Delmarva (Single-A). Both of his seasons in Triple-A finished with low ERAs, as he had a 2.28 ERA in Norfolk in 2018 and a 3.09 ERA with Memphis in 2019.
  • Michael Boyle, 13th round, 2015 (Los Angeles (NL)) – Boyle reached Double-A for the first time in his career in 2019 and shined in 40 appearances out of the bullpen for Tulsa, finishing the season with a 3.02 ERA. Boyle’s strikeout to walk ratio was 2-1, and his career ratio is closer to 3-1, proving to be tough to face from either side of the batter’s box.
  • Josh Reavis, 38th round, 2015 (Toronto) – Reavis spent two seasons in the Blue Jays organization, hitting a career-best .302 with Vancouver (A-Short Season) in 2015. Reavis had career-highs in most hitting categories with Vancouver in 2016.
  • Alexander Lee, 36th round, 2014 (Baltimore) – Lee played parts of two seasons in the Orioles organization, hitting a career high .237 with Aberdeen (A-Short Season). Lee’s propensity to get on base showed in both of his stops, as he finished his minor league career with a .349 on-base percentage.
  • Jeff Kemp, 33rd round, 2013 (Baltimore) – Kemp signed with the Orioles after playing one extra season with the Highlanders (turned down the Angels to return to school), then spent five years in the Baltimore organization, reaching Double-A in 2016. Kemp hit .260 with Frederick (A-Advanced) of the Carolina League in 2015 and .256 with Bowie (Double-A) of the Eastern League, and his six homers with Frederick in 2015 were a career-high.
  • Eddie Butler, first round (compensatory pick), 2012 (Colorado) – Butler was the first-ever first-round pick in both Radford and Big South history and later became the third former Highlander to reach the major leagues when he made his big league debut with the Rockies in 2014. Butler’s best season came in 2017 with the Cubs, where he had a 3.95 ERA in 11 starts for the defending World Series champions. Butler played in the majors for the Rockies, Cubs and Rangers from 2014-18.
  • Matt Hillsinger, 22nd round, 2012 (Oakland) – Hillsinger had a brief minor league career, hitting .227 across nine games with the Arizona Athletics of the Rookie League in his only minor league action.
  • Jeff Kemp, 31st round, 2012 (Los Angeles (AL)) – Kemp returned to school, rather than signing with the Angles. He was taken again in the following year’s draft (see 2013.
  • Alex Gregory, 17th round, 2009 (New York (NL)) – Gregory spent parts of two seasons in the Mets organization, splitting time between Brooklyn (A-Short Season) and Savannah (Single-A). The infielder/outfielder hit .256 across those two seasons, with a career-best 21 RBI in 2010 with Savannah.
  • Eric Evans, 23rd round, 2008 (Texas) – Evans had a brief stint in the Rangers organization, posting his best stats with Spokane (A-Short Season) of the Northwest League, as he had a 2.25 ERA in limited action with the club. Evans also spent time in the independent leagues with Washington of the Frontier League.
  • Mark Fleisher, 14th round, 2005 (Baltimore) – Fleisher spent parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, spending three with Baltimore and one with the Chicago White Sox organization. Fleisher had double-digit home runs in each of his three full minor league seasons, including a career-best 16 on two occasions (2006,2007). His highest batting average was .300, accomplished in 2008 with Kannapolis (Single-A) of the South Atlantic League.
  • Jason Anderson, fourth round, 1997, (Oakland) – Anderson was a fourth-round pick in 1997 and spent six seasons in the Athletics organization, pitching as both a starter and a reliever. Anderson;s best seasons came in1998 with Modesto and 1999 of Visalia, both in the California League. He reached Double-A in 1999 with Midland of the Texas League, spending two seasons there.
  • Kelly Dampeer, 22nd round, 1997 (Cleveland) – One of the top hitters in program history, Dampeer spent three seasons in the Indians organization, hitting .263 across three different levels of baseball. Dampeer’s best season came in 1998 with Watertown (A-Short Season) of the New York-Penn League, where he hit .277 with 11 doubles and 11 stolen bases.
  • Tim Manwiller, 30th round, 1997 (Oakland) – Manwiller quickly rose through the ranks in the Athletics organization, reaching Triple-A in just his second season. Manwhiller spent parts of three seasons in Triple-A in the Pacific Coast League and finished his minor league career with a 3.91 ERA, primarily as a starting pitcher.
  • Duane Filchner, 23rd round, 1995 (Oakland) – A member of the Radford Athletics Hall of Fame, Filchner spent parts of four seasons in the Athletics organization. The outfielder slugged a career-high 11 homers in 1997 while playing with Visalia (A-Advanced) of the California League.
  • Denny Van Pelt, 25th round, 1994 (California) – A member of the Radford Athletics Hall of Fame, Van Pelt was one of the best power hitters in Highlander history. Van Pelt spent one season in the Angels organization, hitting .285 in 56 games with Boise (A-Short Season) of the Northwest League.
  • Chris Connolly, 15th round, 1991 (Kansas City) – Connolly was the first southpaw in Radford history to be taken and spent five seasons in the Royals organization. The lefty had a career-best 1.71 ERA during the 1994 season with Wilmington (A-Advanced) of the Carolina League.
  • Phil Leftwich, second round, 1990 (California) – Leftwich had the distinction of not only being the first Highlander taken in the MLB Draft, but also was the first former Radford player to reach the major leagues. Leftwich spent parts of three seasons as a starting pitcher for the California Angels, winning nine games and posting a 4.99 ERA. Leftwich had an ERA of 3.79 in 12 starts during his rookie season. The right-handed pitcher also spent time in the Japanese Baseball League, pitching two seasons for Kintetsu (1998-99).
  • Phillip Haney, 47th round, 1990 (San Diego) - Haney was the first Radford position player to be taken in the MLB Draft, but decided to return to school instead of signing with the San Diego Padres.