Vinny Nittoli was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
June 7, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier baseball player Vinny Nittoli was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
"I am excited for Vinny and his family," said head coach Scott Googins. "He has worked hard and overcome a lot of adversity to fulfill his dreams. He has had a big impact on our program and I'm extremely proud of Vinny."
A native of Gibsonia, Pa. (Pine Richland), Nittoli closed the season with a 6-4 mark and was an All-BIG EAST First Team honoree. The fifth-year senior led the Musketeers with a 2.38 ERA, while helping XU to a BIG EAST Championship and the program's second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The right-handed throwing Nittoli jump-started Xavier's run in the BIG EAST Tournament. He worked eight innings of two-run ball against St. John's to propel the Musketeers to their first win en route to the conference crown.
In 51 career starts, which ranks fourth all-time at Xavier, Nittoli amassed a 19-12 record. The 19 wins rank fifth all-time at XU. Nittoli has also left his mark in Xavier's career annals with 280 innings pitched (7th), 3.54 earned run average (10th) and 186 strikeouts (t-9th).
Nittoli is the first Musketeer drafted since Seth Willoughby was taken in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies with the 138th overall pick in the 2012 draft.