Xavier's Wolf Drafted by Orioles in 13th Round
June 8, 2007
CINCINNATI - In the 2007 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, Xavier University's Jordan Wolf was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 399th pick in the 13th round. He was the 34th catcher taken in the draft and was the 23rd collegiate catcher drafted. Wolf is the fourth highest Musketeer drafted in the program's history and the first player drafted since the 2005 MLB draft.
The Schaumburg, Ill. native helped guide the Musketeers to their first Atlantic 10 Championship appearance in four seasons and for his efforts was named to the 2007 A-10 All-Conference Second Team. The senior also led XU in 12 offensive categories and ended his career fifth all-time for hits in a season with 78, just four shy of the all-time mark and second in school history for at-bats in a season with 229. He established new career highs in runs scored, hits, doubles, homeruns, RBIs and total bases in April 15 game at Toledo after going 5-for-6 with three doubles, two homeruns, four runs scored and seven RBIs. Wolf carried the 10th best overall batting average in the conference at .349, was seventh in the A-10 with 76 hits and 119 total bases and fourth in the A-10 with 18 stolen bases.
Xavier has had three players drafted higher than Wolf in the history of the program. The highest pick in school history was Richard Donnelly, who was taken in the 1967 draft with the 158th pick in the ninth round. Michael Scuglik and Lou Witte each went in the 12th round in the 1999 draft with Scuglik selected 375th overall and Witte was taken 381st overall.
The most recent XU player to go in the draft was Jay Johnson who was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 2005 MLB draft with the 408th pick in the 13th round. Johnson is currently playing in the Red Sox organization with their Double-A affiliate, Portland Sea Dogs.
The Musketeers have had two players reach the major leagues. Most recently former Xavier outfielder Matt Watson made his MLB debut with the New York Mets in 2003 before breaking in again with the Oakland Athletics in 2005. The second and most notable player to attend XU and play in the majors is Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Robinson played from 1956-1976 and managed the Washington Nationals after a storied playing career. Current Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell also attended Xavier.
Overall, Xavier has had two players reach the major league level, one attain Triple-A, two reach Double-A, one in Single-A, one in Rookie ball and two reach the Independent League.
Wolf was the fifth player from the Atlantic 10 that was selected in the draft with Richmond's Joe Mahoney going first with the 189th pick. Mahoney will join the same organization as Wolf as the Orioles also picked up the lefty first baseman in the sixth round.
Here is a complete list of A-10 players drafted in the 2007 MLB First Year Player Draft: