MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Having said goodbye to his West Virginia teammates, Sean Carley was off to catch a predawn flight out of Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. He was bound for his hometown of Melbourne, Fla., where he’ll take in the MLB draft.

The junior right-hander, rated the No. 388 draft-eligible prospect by Baseball America, has his degree and said he’s ready to give pro ball a try. He also sent a farewell tweet: “Going to miss our fans, but I’ll always be a #Mountaineer.”

Where might the pitcher with the plus-fastball and the plus-plus-mullet land in the draft?

“I’ve seen some different projections,” said Carley. “They say I could go anywhere between the fourth and 10th rounds on the second day or I could fall to the 15th.”

The draft begins Thursday with the first two rounds and compensation picks, before Friday brings rounds 3 through 10. Carley projects that Saturday—with its rapid-fire rounds of 11 through 40—is “going to be a big day, because that’s where I see my abilities placing me.”

Carley is being represented by former Cubs pitcher Jim Bullinger of Meister Sports Management, the same agent advising fellow Mountaineers pitcher Harrison Musgrave, who’s also expected to sign. Both players agreed to drug screens and psychological testing that major league clubs typically administer to top prospects.

Though Carley missed the 2012 season at Air Force with Tommy John surgery and sat out 2013 under NCAA transfer rules at West Virginia, the Padres used a 34th-round pick on him last June. He gave only modest consideration to signing.

“They spat a dollar figure at me and I spat one back and they tried to meet in the middle,” he said. “But the way it worked out with Coach Mazey believing in me and offering a scholarship, I really wanted to play for him and compete in the Big 12.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to Coach Mazey for the opportunity to play for this program in a great conference.”

Carley went 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA for WVU, spending the season’s first half as the No. 2 starter before assuming the closer’s role in mid-April.

Two weeks later when Carley closed out two victories in a series against Texas, the Mountaineers appeared NCAA tournament-bound. But he struggled during several late-inning losses as WVU dropped nine of its final 10 games and narrowly missed the field of 64.

Watching the Longhorns and three other Big 12 teams advance to super regionals hasn’t lessened the hurt.

“Especially when we were playing Texas, I felt like we were a better team than they were, and now they’re in a super regional,” Carley said. “You can’t help but feel disappointed. It stings a little, I won’t lie to you.

“For the guys coming back, though, it’s good experience to know they can compete at that level.”

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Starter-turned-closer Sean Carley was 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA and four saves for West Virginia this season.
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  • Rick55

    The business of the NCAA selection committee is business.

  • Rick55

    I guess I live under a rock but who the heck is Kenny Powers?

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    Get ready for many announcements like this , 12 of the top 13 will either graduate or head to the pros early . Mazey needed to get to the tournament this year . A new ballpark will help but talent is still needed to get wins .

  • Aaron

    I would imagine that whatever class 18 he goes to, they will convert him back to a starter for most of his success came as a Mountaineer. Best of luck to you young man.

  • Lee

    Good job while here Kenny Powers.. wish we had ya next year.. good luck in the future

    • In da stickes

      I hope Kenny F'n Powers er Sean ends up in Myrtle Beach, just like his mullet brother did.
      East Bound and Down..............

  • GK

    WVU better than Texas comment ????
    Texas record 38-18, ranked 20, RPI 12
    WVU record 28-26, unranked, RPI 40
    Have I missed something ????

    • Alum

      Yes you are, it's a player opinion. Did you notice the quotation marks?

    • Hersh

      Yeah, you are missing something. WVU took both series from Texas the last two years, one in Austin and one in Morgantown, and anyone who watched or went to the games would tell you that WVU clearly looked like the better team. Constantly playing on the road while this new ballpark is being built just caught up to them in the end.

      • GK

        Series wins don't get you into the tournament. The overall record & strength of schedule is what counts. WVU played most of their home games @ home this year. Apparently the NCAA selection committee did not agree with your argument as well.

        • Aaron

          The NCAA selection committee is not in the business of saying one team is better than another. West Virginia outplay Texas in their series. No amount of distortion or speed and can change that very simple fact.

          Does that mean West Virginia would win the next series? Possibly not but clearly West Virginia is one of the top teams in the country. They played 30+ ballgames on the road and like it or not that kind of travel will take its toll.

          There is a reason that historically southern warm weather teams have advantages in baseball. With some creative scheduling in which West Virginia plays Big 12 opponents early in the season on the road and then comes home late in the season coupled with an outstanding coach and recruiter in Mazey, West Virginia can become very successful and the Big 12.

          I realize that makes many alleged Mountaineer fans upset but it seems to me those individuals will simply have to deal with the facts.

          • GK

            Agree with a lot of what you are saying. WVU had a very good year & your coach is top notch. Just did not know why your pitcher took a shot @ Texas. Did not need to do that,

  • Rick55

    Good luck Sean!

  • Mountaineer Fanatic

    Best of everything as you go into the pro's. Be looking to see you prosper.