Baseball's Bartosic Drafted by Rockies in 2017 MLB Draft
Two-time All-Conference outfielder's selection marks third straight season a Colonial has been drafted
WASHINGTON - Recent George Washington graduate and two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference center fielder Joey Bartosic was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon.
Bartosic, a 6-foot-1 right-handed outfielder, recently wrapped a decorated career by being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team. As a senior he batted .333 on the season with 14 doubles, one home run and 26 RBIs while swiping a team-best 24 stolen bases.
The Oakton, Virginia, native leaves George Washington as the program's all-time leader in both stolen bases (84) and at-bats (851). He also ranks third with both 281 hits and 213 games played, and is tied for 16th all-time with 143 runs scored.
Bartosic also played in renowned Cape Cod League last summer. He played in 42 games in the wood-bat league and batted .267 with 10 walks, two doubles, one triple and 12 RBIs while playing for the Wareham Gateman. He also led the team in both total hits (47) and stolen bases (18).
The GW baseball program has had a total of 37 players drafted dating back to 1971, including selections in each of the past three seasons with Bartosic, Kevin Mahala (2016, Pittsburgh Pirates) and Shane Kemp (2015, Pittsburgh Pirates).
Bartosic is the second player in GW history to be taken in the 19th round of the draft, joining Derrick Lutz (Cincinnati) in the eighth round in 2006. He is also the first-ever player from George Washington to be drafted by Colorado.
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