June 6, 2012 (Updated: June 7, 2012)
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Second baseman LJ Mazzilli was the first UConn baseball player drafted in the 2012 MLB First Year Draft on Tuesday afternoon, followed by RHP Scott Oberg. Mazzilli was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round with the 280th overall pick, while Oberg was taken in the 15th round, the last of the day, with pick number 468 by the Colorado Rockies.
Mazzilli, a junior from Greenwich, Conn., batted a team-high .339 this season and led the Huskies with 19 doubles, nine home runs and 38 RBI. The son of former MLB player and manager Lee Mazzilli, he was named an All-BIG EAST First Team selection. Mazzilli is the second UConn player drafted by the Minnesota Twins; the last being catcher Mark Ericson in 1987.
Oberg, a redshirt-junior from Tewksbury, Mass., dominated as Connecticut's closer after bouncing back from Tommy John surgery in 2011. He posted a 0.99 earned run average, the first Husky with a sub-1.00 ERA since 1976, and an unblemished 5-0 record to go with nine saves. Oberg became the first UConn player ever drafted by the Colorado Rockies and the 75th overall to be taken in the MLB draft since its inception in 1965. He joined Mazzilli on the All-BIG EAST First Team; the only relief pitcher to earn the honor.
On Wednesday, right-handed pitcher David Fischer was selected in the 18th round by the Washington Nationals with the 564th overall pick. For Fischer, a senior from Scotia, N.Y., this was his third time being drafted. He was taken 1,338th overall in the 44th round out of high school by the Los Angeles Angels in 2008 and was selected 927th overall in last year's 30th round by the San Francisco Giants. This year, Fischer made the transition from reliever to Friday starter. He posted a 3.47 ERA and 5-6 record. He struck out a team-high 68 batters and was 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA in his final three starts as a Husky.