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Baseball: Former Blackhawk star taken fourth overall in MLB draft

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that former Blackhawk star Brendan McKay was taken fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in Monday's MLB draft.

"Early Monday, Brendan McKay turned down a chance to go 18 or even 9. At night, he turned down an offer to go 1.

But in the end, McKay still made Western Pennsylvania history.

McKay, a former star at Blackhawk High School who now plays for the University of Louisville, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the No. 4 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. No player with ties to the WPIAL — out of high school or college — has ever been selected so high in the draft that started in 1965. The previous player selected the earliest was Scot Thompson, who was the seventh pick in the 1974 draft out of Knoch High School.

McKay thought about going golfing Monday with his father, Bruce, in Louisville, but decided against it. Brendan McKay is a standout pitcher-first baseman at Louisville and some mock drafts — as late as Monday — had him projected to go No. 1. But the Minnesota Twins ended up pulling a mild surprise by taking shortstop Royce Lewis of JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano."