June 11, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut baseball team had a total of five players selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
* Departing senior second baseman L.J. Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) was selected in the fourth round by the New York Mets as the 116th overall player taken and the tenth of the round. Mazzilli, who was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but chose to return for his senior season, was a 2013 second-team Louisville Slugger All-American. The Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist led Connecticut to its third NCAA Regional berth in the last four seasons by hitting a team-best .354 with 16 doubles, six homers, 51 RBIs and 50 runs while stealing 29 of 33 bases. The Huskies won the BIG EAST tournament and Mazzilli was a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection.
* Rising redshirt junior pitcher Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) was selected in the 24th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the 719th overall player taken and the 13th of the round. Cross was a Second Team All-BIG EAST pick in 2012 and had a 9-4 record with a 2.44 ERA. He recorded 86 strikeouts this season in 110.2 innings of work and has walked just 24. Cross, who has the option of returning to the UConn team for 2014, pitched nine-plus innings and gave up just two runs in the Huskies’ 3-2 12-inning win over Louisville that started UConn’s run to the BIG EAST tournament title. He then picked up the win in UConn’s NCAA victory over Virginia Tech by pitching 6.1 innings and giving up just a run.
In addition, three incoming Husky freshman were drafted.
* Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) attended Ward Melville High School and is a left-handed pitcher who was selected by the New York Mets in the 29th round as the 866th overall pick. Kay pitched a no-hitter this season against Patchogue-Medford on March 28, 2013. He was 6-1 in his senior year with an 0.86 ERA. Kay helped lead Ward Melville to its first county championship game in school history and advanced to state semifinals.
* Thomas Milone (Monroe, Conn.) attended Masuk High School is an outfielder and was a third round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays as the 97th overall pick. Milone batted .471 in his senior season with a .700 slugging percentage and was named the Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He was 28-for-29 in stolen base attempts. He had a high school career batting average of .399 with 58 career steals. Milone also enjoyed an outstanding high school football career as a receiver and returner.
* Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich, Conn.) attended Greenwich High School is a right fielder who was picked in the 13th round by the Texas Rangers as the 400th overall pick. Olmstead was an all-state and All-Fairfield Country Interscholastic Athletic Conference pick in both his junior and senior seasons. Olmstead was also a team captain for both the baseball and football team at Greenwich High School.