SECAUCUS, N.J. – After an Ivy League Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Harvard baseball had two athletes drafted in the 2019 Major League Draft. Senior Patrick McColl was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 10th round with the 314th pick. Just a couple rounds later, junior Hunter Bigge was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round with the 372nd pick.
The Crimson now has 58 draft picks in program history, with the last at the conclusion of the 2018 season, when Noah Zavolas was selected in the 18th round by the Seattle Mariners and Simon Rosenblum-Larson was chosen in the following round by the Tampa Bay Rays.
McColl joins the Athletics organization after being selected by general manager David Forst, who played on the Harvard baseball team from 1994-98. Forst previously held the program's single-season hit record, until this season when McColl broke it, bashing 70 hits during his 2019 campaign.
McColl, a senior from Los Altos, California, finished the season as a First-Team All-Ivy selection, along with earning NEIBA Division I All-New England Player of the Year. The senior started every game for Harvard in his senior season, hitting for a .387 average with 12 home runs. McColl finished with 47 RBIs and an impressive .707 slugging percentage. On his career, he finishes with a .318 batting average and 21 home runs, including 40 doubles and 141 RBIs. McColl recently graduated with a degree in economics.
Bigge, a junior from Los Gatos, California, concluded his junior season as a First-Team All-Ivy designated hitter as well as a Second-Team All-Ivy starting pitcher. Being drafted as a pitcher by the Cubs, he finished the season with a 7-2 record in 74.2 innings, with 76 strikeouts. The junior had his best two starts to end the season, throwing a complete game in the Ivy League Playoff Series against Columbia, striking out seven and allowing just four hits. In the NCAA Regional, Bigge struck out nine batters against No. 9 Oklahoma State, letting up just two runs. At the plate, he finished with a .283 average and seven home runs, totaling 34 RBIs on the season.