It's been a whirlwind 24 hours for Adam Ravenelle.
Last night, the Sudbury native and Vanderbilt righthander sat in the lobby of his dorm with his roommate, fellow righty Tyler Beede, and exploded in ecstasy after the Auburn native went 14th overall to the San Francisco Giants.
This afternoon, following an 11-6 win over Stanford in an NCAA Super Regional on Vandy's campus, Ravenelle came off the field and was greeted with big news from his mother. Ravenelle had been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft for the second time in his baseball career, this time in the fourth round, 130th overall, by the Detroit Tigers.
Hours later, this still hasn't sunken in.
"It feels unbelievable," Ravenelle said tonight. "I'm trying not to look too far ahead. We are in the race for the College World Series right now with the team, that's honestly what I'm focused on. I just got off the phone with my dad, and it hasn’t even set in yet. It's obviously a dream come true."
Of the last 24 hours, Ravenelle continued, "Obviously it's been ridiculously cool. Seeing Beeds [Beede] make it last night, taking a huge risk coming to school [Beede came to Vandy after getting drafted in the first round in 2011] and seeing it work out for him, it's awesome to see."
Along with Beede and Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton, Ravenelle is the third member of the historic 2011 Massachusetts high school draft class to be drafted twice in their career. Beede was initially drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, becoming the only Bay State product to be drafted in the first round twice. Connaughton, a former two-sport star at St. John's Prep, was taken nine picks before Ravenelle by the Baltimore Orioles, three years after going in the 38th round to the San Diego Padres.
A fourth member of that 2011 class, Boston College lefty and BB&N grad Andrew Chin, is still on the board and expected to get selected Saturday.
"Pat is one of my good friends, we talk every once in a while, and Beede is obviously my best friend, so we talk every day," Ravenelle said. "It's a good group of guys. We all played Area Code Games together in California, got to know each other, stuff like that."
Ravenelle was initially drafted in the 44th round by the New York Yankees in 2011, following a standout career at Lincoln-Sudbury High School in which aced the staff of a squad that won the MIAA Division 1 State Championship, the program's third state title over a stretch of seven seasons.
At Vanderbilt, he made the transition to the bullpen, and after logging just 22 innings in his first two seasons -- including elbow surgery in 2012 -- he has been quite serviceable this spring. So far in 2014, he is 3-1 with 34 innings logged in 20 appearances, striking out 32, allowing five earned runs, and holding opponents to a .150 batting average.
His fastball velocity, which now clocks in the mid-90's, has always been his strongest suit. But after tweaking with his mechanics the last few years with Vanderbilt pitching coach Scott Brown, Ravenelle is bringing the heat with more authority -- and more unpredictability.
"The angle was flat," one American League scout told ESPNBoston.com. "And as he learned to get his arm up on time and get to a slot that was more of a power position, now you're seeing more sink than that flat run, and that's what makes it harder to barrel up, getting a lot more groundouts."
Said Ravenelle, "From high school, it's pretty much been a mechanical overload. The big thing was getting my leg kick underneath me instead of far out, and I've had a better line to plate. My glove side always been problem so getting that consistent has helped lead to more strikes."