Irving Signs Deal with Diamondbacks

Catcher Nate Irving is the latest Virginia baseball player to sign a pro contract.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that they've signed Irving, the team's 34th round pick in last month's MLB Draft. Irving hit .242 as a junior in 2014, helping the Cavaliers get to within a win of the program's first-ever national title.

Irving had been UVa's primary catcher since arriving as a true freshman for the 2011 season, starting 153 games in his three college seasons. He hit .269 in his UVa career, and threw out 31.4 percent of attempted base stealers.

Irving joins fellow Nick Howard, Derek Fisher, Brandon Downes, and Branden Cogswell as UVa juniors who were drafted last month, and have signed with pro teams. Mike Papi was also drafted, but has not yet signed with the Cleveland Indians.

Senior pitchers Artie Lewicki and Whit Mayberry were both drafted by the Detroit Tigers.


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