Gary Mitchell pictured with his parents
Listen as Mitchell talks with Matt Leon from KYW 1060.
Neumann University student Gary Mitchell was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday, June 8. He was the 654th pick overall and is believed to be the first baseball player drafted from Neumann University.
Mitchell is from Huntingdon Valley, PA. He
played in the outfield and led the Knights with a .410 batting average, 9 home runs, and 51 RBI.
He also went 18 for 19 in stolen bases. “Gary
was a great teammate and a quality team leader,” said coach John Fleming. “He also did well academically, making the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) academic honor roll.”
Fleming heard the news from his son’s agent. “After the 30th round, my son’s agent called to
ask me how it felt to have a player drafted,” said Fleming. Mitchell was named to the ECAC Division III South Region second team and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)
Mid-Atlantic third team. The outfielder also earned a spot on the CSAC first team.
“Gary had a great work ethic. He was one of the first guys on the field and despite the draft rumors that followed him, he was willing to do whatever he could to help the team. He was very laid back and mild mannered,” said Fleming.
Fleming thinks Mitchell’s drafting will benefit Neumann’s baseball team. “I think this is awesome for the school and gives the program credibility. If the players come in and do what’s right, not only will they get a quality education, they can make it to the next level from a Division III school.”
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