Thursday, July 3, 2014 by: Seton Hall Pirates News
Three Seton Hall pitchers were drafted into major league baseball this month as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Josh Prevost '14 was picked by the New York Mets, and rising seniors Jose Lopez and Conor Krauss are both heading to the Cincinnati Reds.
Prevost was chosen in the fifth round as the 145th overall selection
on June 6 and was later named to the All-America Third Team by Baseball America, making him the first Seton Hall player to receive this prestigious award since major leaguer Matt Morris was recognized in 1995. In this past season, as a Seton Hall Pirate, Prevost was named conference Pitcher of the Week six times, selected for the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on three separate occasions, and named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year Watch List.
In the sixth round of drafts, Jose Lopez was scooped up by the Cincinnati Reds. After an injury last season, Lopez has seen no game action in the 2014 season, but that did not stop him from getting drafted. In 2013, Lopez won back-to-back Big East starts, throwing seven innings of two-run baseball vs. Georgetown and 5.2 innings at Villanova in which he struck out a season-high eight batters.
Also being added to the Cincinnati Reds, Conor Krauss was drafted during the 20th round on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He spent the 2014 season as the Pirates’ primary closer. In his SHU baseball career, he has struck out more batters than the number of innings he has pitched.
Robert Sheppard, the Pirates head baseball coach, commented on the good news and said, "We are very excited that Josh, Jose and Conor have the opportunity to continue to play in the MLB. They have bright futures ahead of them and will be missed. They provided great leadership and work ethic for our team. We look forward to carrying on the success and strong tradition of Seton Hall University baseball that these three young men have contributed to."
In the 2013 MLB Draft, four Pirates were selected. Former Seton Hall closer Brian Gilbert was the earliest picked, chosen by the Minnesota Twins in the seventh round.
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