Brandon McIlwain was sidelined for the majority of 2019 because of a season-ending foot injury, but he showed enough during his time on the field to be drafted, as he was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 26th round (771st overall) of the 2019 MLB draft.
The center fielder only played 20 games for the Bears as a redshirt sophomore, slashing .258/.309/.435 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) with two home runs and eight RBI.
McIlwain had a hot start to the season, batting .324 in his first 12 games with Cal.
In addition to his time with the baseball team, McIlwain appeared in 10 games for the football team, recording 763 passing yards and 403 rushing yards.
McIlwain becomes the seventh Bear selected in this year’s draft, joining Andrew Vaughn, Korey Lee, Cameron Eden, Jared Horn, Arman Sabouri and Rogelio Reyes. This is the most players Cal has had drafted in a single year since 2016, when seven Bears were drafted as well.