Oh well, one less guy that could have been available as an over slot after the first.....
That stinks. I guess the kid didn't want a chance at a big league career. Going to UVA effectively ends that.
It's a fair critique of recent UVA pitchers, but I would point out that
a) Off the top, and I don't exactly memorize pre-draft prep rankings, Vasil might be the most talented arm to go to UVA in awhile. Hultzen might be a close 2nd, but I feel like Vasil was the better thought of kid.
b) The biggest critique of UVA pitching first goes to the crouch. That said, Daniel Lynch, the enigma that he is, didn't really utilize the crouch. Off the top,
c) Hultzen's failure hangs over the group, but Hultzen admitted that a lot of it was his own fault, as he lacked the structure at UVA to get him back on track when he got side-railed (or words to those extent).
d) I mean ... besides Hultzen, talent wise, from a SP perspective, really ... it's Nathan Kirby, and maybe, maybe Branden Kline. Kirby got injured. I should know what happened to Branden Kline ... I can't think of it right now, but it was an injury. Otherwise, even a guy like Josh Sborz was more a middle relief profile who was a tough as nails pitcher, and same goes for Brandon Waddell. Tyler Wilson was a fringe arm who did long-tossing to improve. Connor Jones stuff backed up senior year, and IIRC, had to do with him getting too muscular and losing touch? I think.
Short of it is, in the end, talent matters, and Vasil would be another notch. And yeah, it's fair to critique UVA pitchers in the pros until they come through, but really, it's a limited sample size that were really top level talent.
Oh, thinking about it, the most talented uVA arm might've been J ... crap what's his first name, Thompson. Still, he was a ground ball guy whose stuff backed up by the time his junior year was done.