Indians draft pick Mike Papi hits walk-off double in College World Series

Ted Kirk (AP)

Mike Papi could be collecting big hits for the Indians in another 2 or 3 years.

Mike Papi, whom the Indians selected with the #38 pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, is still playing for the University of Virginia, which has made it all the way to the College World Series, going on in Omaha this week. The Cavaliers opening game of the tournament (against the University of Mississippi) was tied at one in the bottom of the 9th when Papi came to the plate with two outs and a man on second. This would seem to be among the rare times when an intentional walk was the wisest course of action, but the Rebels weren't having any of that.

Silly them.

Papi slammed a double to the wall in the right-center field, sending UV to a 2-1 victory. You can find video of the hit here.

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Papi is a junior, which means he could decide to return to Virginia next season, rather than signing with the Indians. The slot value of the #38 pick is $1,495,400, and the Indians are under budget at the moment, which means they've got room to go a bit over slot on Papi if that's what it takes. Given that he's one of the best college bats there is right now, I would very much like to see the Tribe bring him in. Hopefully he's collecting hits like this at Progressive Field in another three years.

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