Senior second baseman Mike Garzillo bats in a game against St. Peter's University on Wednesday, March 20, 2016, at Legacy Park. Garzillo was drafted in the 25th round of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. (Chris Barry/B&W Staff)

Marlins draft Lehigh’s Mike Garzillo in 25th round

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Lehigh graduate Mike Garzillo, ’16, was picked up in the 25th round (No. 743 overall) of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

Garzillo’s draft position was far lower than expected. In a year that featured a notably shallow group of second basemen, he was projected to be on the cusp of the top 10 players drafted at his position.

In an article by SB Nation, it was said that Garzillo was “guaranteed to be picked in the top 10, likely the 6-10 round range.” Instead, he was taken as the 23rd second baseman off the board.

Despite the late position of his drafting, Garzillo has seen improvement in his draft position from last year, when he was taken in the 38th round (No. 1,143 overall) by the New York Yankees. His choice not to sign with the team made him eligible to be picked again this year.

Garzillo is one of the most successful baseball players to emerge from the Mountain Hawk program. While his numbers during his senior year were not as impressive as the ones he earned in his junior season, he has received a collection of accolades throughout his career at Lehigh.

Having been named to the first team All-Patriot League and the Academic All-Patriot League teams multiple times, he’s also taken more distinguished honors such as Patriot League Tournament MVP and section team All-American by Baseball America.

Now that he’s been selected by the Marlins, if he receives an offer, he will have the chance to sign the offer sheet that will insert him into the franchise.

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