LOS ANGELES (WFXR) — As the ninth overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, Gavin Cross made Hokies history.

The Virginia Tech outfielder became the highest draft selection in program history when he was taken in the first round by the Kansas City Royals.

It’s the first time a Hokie had been chosen in the first round of the MLB draft since left handed pitcher Joe Saunders was selected 12th overall in 2002. Cross becomes the sixth Virginia Tech player picked in the first round and the first position player since first baseman Franklin Stubbs was chosen 19th in 1982.

Cross accumulated a .340 career batting average over three seasons and started every game he played in (124 games). He hit .328 in his junior season, with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs to help the Hokies in its historic postseason run to Super Regionals.

The MLB draft continues through Tuesday with Tanner Schobel and Cade Hunter expected to hear their names called over the next couple of days.