Four Wildcats selected in day two of 2021 MLB Draft
TUCSON, Arizona – Four Arizona Wildcats were selected on Day 2 of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft, a day that spanned rounds 2-10.
Voltigeur Ryan holgate was the first Wildcat off the board, going to the St. Louis Cardinals with the 70th overall selection. Then it was Branden Boissiere, who was also drafted as an outfielder; he was taken with the 82nd overall selection by the Washington Nationals. Voltigeur Dona williams continued the rapid succession of the selected Wildcats, going to the Baltimore Orioles with the 106th overall selection. Arizona’s final selection of the day was left-handed pitcher Gil Luna, who was led by the Chicago White Sox with the 275th pick overall.
Arizona MLB Draft Day Two Selections
Holgate, a three-year-old starter for the Wildcats, posted a career batting average of 0.314 with 95 runs and 101 RBIs in 131 games in Tucson. The outfielder had an exceptional season in 2021, reaching 0.351 with 49 points, 20 doubles, 11 homers and 56 RBIs while starting in all 63 games. En route to lead the Wildcats to a playoff berth and a College World Series run, Holgate has compiled 28 multi-hit games and 18 multi-RBI performances. He started Arizona’s eight playoff games last season and reached 0.400 with six runs, five more hits and eight RBIs. Holgate hit a two-run home run against this year’s No.10 overall selection Kumar Rocker in the 2021 College World Series opener.
Boissiere, one of the Wildcats’ most consistent hitters over the past three seasons, concludes his college run with an incredible career batting average of .355, 107 runs scored and 100 runs batted in. Out of 63 starts in 2021, he posted the best career scores with a batting average of 0.369, 69 points, 12 doubles, five homers, 63 RBIs, 0.506 stroke percentage and 0.451 base percentage; his .369 AVG led the team and placed third in the Pac-12 conference. While serving as the Wildcats’ daily first baseman last year, he recorded a defensive percentage of .989. Boissiere was also successful on the biggest stages in 21, posting a .405 batting average with seven runs, four doubles and eight RBI in the playoffs.
Williams, who established himself as one of the nation’s best center fielder during his time in Tucson, recorded a career batting average of 0.302, 181 points and 108 RBIs as the 2018-21 Wildcat . After breaking out in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he returned for Campaign 21 and picked up where he left off, hitting .342 with 81 points, 17 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 49 RBIs and one .481 base percentage over 62 games. Williams’ 81 points led the Wildcats and the Pac-12 to place second in the country. He has had 23 multi-successful performances, won multiple RBI 13 times and recorded a streak of 48 consecutive games on base during the 2021 season. Williams, a flagship machine in center field, posted a career percentage of .982 and recorded eight assists in the outfield. During Arizona’s run to the 2021 University World Series, he reached 0.378 with 10 runs, four doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.
Moon, a four-year veteran in Arizona, had a blast in 2021 and posted a 1.69 ERA with a K / 9 of 13.08 in 14 relief appearances. From April 11 to May 27 – a period that covered 19.2 innings – he played 10 straight games without allowing an earned run. Luna limited opposing hitters to a 0.178 batting average in 2021 and made his second career save. From 2018-21, he played 62 games with the Wildcats and was 3-4 with two saves and a 5.52 ERA.
The 2021 MLB Draft ends with Rounds 11-20 on Tuesday, July 13. Coverage of the final day of the draft can be found at MLB.com and starts at 9:00 a.m. MST.