Friday, it was Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton who had his dream fulfilled as he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round of the MLB draft.
The six foot five, 214-pound right-handed pitcher had a 3-5 record for the Irish last season with a 3.92 ERA, but it was his 1.71 ERA in his sophomore year that got the attention of baseball scouts.
Connaughton is a two-sport athlete at Notre Dame and is also a captain on the basketball team, averaging a career-high 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season. Before the draft he stated that he would only sign with a team that would allow him to return to Notre Dame for his senior year to complete his degree and his basketball career.
Connaughton is the third Notre Dame baseball player to go in the first five rounds of the draft in the last two years along with 2013 draftees Eric Jagielo and Eric Slania. And if he needs any advice on how to juggle two sports before turning pro he can also turn to Irish alums like Jeff Samardzija or Golden Tate, who both played football and baseball for the Irish.
This is the second time Connaughton has been drafted after being chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 38th round of the 2011 draft after he graduated from high school.