SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Three Huskies were selected on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon; right-handed pitcher John Russell, third baseman Willy Yahn and left-handed pitcher Doug Domnarski.
The San Francisco Giants picked Russell in the 16th round of the draft, the second-consecutive year that the Giants have drafted a Huskies' closer (Patrick Ruotolo, 2016).
Russell had a breakout year for the Huskies, breaking the single-season record for saves with 14. The Glastonbury native led the Huskies with holding hitters to a .196 batting average against. He appeared in 23 games, tossed 38 innings and struck out 66 batters. 13 times the reliever pitched more than an inning out of the pen for the Huskies.
Russell received second team All-Conference honors and was a first team All-New England Performer.
The Baltimore Orioles selected Yahn in the 25th round after another All-Conference season for the Huskies. Despite missing the first nine games with a broken hand, Yahn chalked up 50 hits including, 12 doubles, two triples, two homers and 26 RBIs.
He became the 19th player in UConn history to record 200 hits in his career and ranks in the top 20 in UConn history in doubles (38) and hits (207) after his junior season.
During his two-year tenure in Storrs, Domnarski started and came out of the bullpen for the Huskies. In his junior season, he led the Huskies with 29 appearances and recorded a 3.00 ERA out of the pen. This season, Domnarski pitched in 12 games including two starts. He logged 19.1 innings and struck out 17 batters.
With the four selections in the 2017 MLB Draft the Huskies have had 43 players drafted under head coach Jim Penders. The Huskies had four players selected for the second-straight season and with their four selections led the Northeast colleges with the most players drafted.
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