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Poulin & Susi Taken On Day Three MLB Draft

June 6, 2018

STORRS, Conn. – Two UConn captains were selected on the final day of the 2018 MLB Draft with P.J. Poulin (Colorado, 11th) and Zac Susi (Pittsburgh, 12th) being picked at the start of the day.

Poulin joins former UConn closer Scott Oberg in the Rockies organization after being selected in the 11th round. Poulin had a marvelous junior season by setting the UConn single-season record with 16 saves. The Marion, Mass. product was the most used pitcher on the Huskies pitching staff, appearing in 31 ballgames including a six-inning start in his final game of the year. His 31 appearances ranks second in single-season history.

Poulin recorded a 6-2 record and a 3.26 ERA, the best among UConn relief pitchers. The lefthander racked up 60 strikeouts in 49.2 innings and was a leader on and off the diamond. Poulin finished his career with 64 career appearances in Storrs, tied for 10th in UConn history.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took Zac Susi in the 12th round of the MLB Draft. Susi collected 174 career hits in his three seasons in Storrs including a career-high 70 knocks in his junior campaign. The Southington, Conn. native was an on-base machine for UConn, reaching in 55 of 56 games that featured a 49-game reach base streak to conclude the season, the longest active streak in Division I.

Susi led the team at the dish with a .335 AVG, 30 walks, a .429 on base percentage and tied for third on the team with 33 RBIs. The Huskies catcher recorded 1,238 putouts behind the plate, ranking fourth in UConn history.

Since 2010, three primary catchers have been drafted under head coach Jim Penders (Zac Susi (2016-18) Max McDowell (2013-15) and Doug Elliott (2008-11)).

UConn signees Mike Burrows (11th Round, Pittsburgh) and Patrick Winkel (31st Round, NY Yankees) were also selected on the final day of the draft. 


 

 

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