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Having completed his college baseball career in glorious fashion, Corbin Foy now aims to extend his playing days at the next level.

Foy, a 2019 Niles McKinley graduate, recently signed with the West Virginia Black Bears of the MLB Draft League. He joined the Black Bears on July 4 and was with the team in their July 5 game against the Scrappers at Eastwood Field.

Foy has since played in two games with West Virginia, both as a reserve. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowing one earned run and recording five strikeouts. In his most recent outing Tuesday at Frederick, Foy pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts.

Foy played in Frederick for the first half of last season, appearing in six games.

Foy has since used up all of his college athletic eligibility, so he is now eligible to remain on the Black Bears roster for the remainder of the 2024 season. The second half of the Draft League season is designed for professional players who have exhausted their amateur eligibility. Players receive room, board, travel, and weekly compensation.

“I love this game, I just want to extend my playing career and this league has given me the opportunity to do that,” Foy said. “Because this league is affiliated with MLB, there are a lot of opportunities to get on the radar. My dream is to play professionally, to sign with a major league organization. This is a chance to maybe get noticed and hopefully take the next step.”

Foy recently completed his college career, earning a degree in Exercise Science. He finished his baseball career at Mercyhurst, earning All-Region honors.

In his senior season, Foy finished with a 5–1 record with a 1.94 ERA. He worked 51 innings and struck out 63 batters. He led the team in ERA and strikeouts.

Foy recorded five or more strikeouts in eight of his 11 appearances, including a 10-strikeout performance against Charleston. His ERA and batting average were second-best in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

“Knowing that this was my last season (at Mercyhurst), I spent more time in the weight room, in the workout room than I had in the past, just making sure my body was ready for anything,” Foy said. “Whether it was between classes or before or after practice, I knew this was my last chance to make a statement at school, so I just did the best I could.

“Coming into the season, I focused on throwing more strikes and getting hitters to adjust to me. Overall, I think I was a little more prepared this year from the start, and it worked out.”

At Niles, Foy was a standout on both the baseball and basketball courts, and he’s quick to credit his coaches and teammates at both the high school and college levels for much of his success.

“At Niles and then at Mercyhurst, I was surrounded by great coaches who got me to where I am today,” Foy said. “My teammates were always there for me. They weren’t just my teammates, they were my best friends and continue to be.”

Having played in the Draft League a year ago, Foy is familiar with the daily routine that comes with being part of the Black Bears roster. In addition to the six-games-a-week schedule, there are also daily workouts and training sessions and travel.

Foy accepts the challenge.

“It’s part of the process. Hopefully it leads to something bigger. I just want to know that I did everything possible to achieve my goal,” Foy said.

Foy has yet to face the Scrappers. He was supposed to start against the Scrappers in Frederick last year, but that game was canceled due to smoke from the Canadian wildfires. He played the following week at Eastwood Field in Frederick. But at the time, Foy was in North Carolina, where he was participating in a Pro Day showcasing his skills to MLB scouts.

West Virginia returns to Eastwood Field on July 29 for the start of a three-game series.

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