PHILADELPHIA – The third day of the Major League Baseball Draft was a bonanza for the University of Pennsylvania baseball program, as two recently graduated seniors were selected. Catcher Austin Bossart was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 14th round, while left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn went in the 22nd round to the Los Angeles Angels.
Bossart and Glenn are the eighth and ninth Penn selections by a Major League Baseball organization since 2003; however, you have to go all the way back to 1996 to find the last time a Quakers player was selected as high as Bossart -- that year, Mark DeRosa was picked in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves. The last Penn player to be drafted by the local team was Paul Cusick, whom the Phillies drafted in 2011 (29th round).
This also marks the first time Penn had two players picked in the same MLB Draft since 2011 (Vince Voiro and Paul Cusick); before that, the last time the Quakers had multiple players drafted was 2003.
Bossart was the 414th overall pick in the draft. The catcher finished his Penn career in style, earning co-Ivy League Player of the Year and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year honors and being named first-team All-Ivy and All-Big 5. Bossart hit .358 this spring with 13 doubles, four home runs, and 27 RBI. He slugged .540 with a .420 on-base percentage, drew 13 walks, and was hit by a pitch six times. Behind the plate, Bossart had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 246 chances and threw out 53 percent of base runners attempting to steal (17 of 32). He was a national semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award this year, after being on the Watch List the past three seasons.
“I’m excited for Austin to get this opportunity,” said Penn’s W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball, John Yurkow. “He is maybe the best leader I’ve seen during my time coaching college baseball; he arrived on our campus four years ago and moved into the starting lineup right away. Knowing his skill set both offensively and defensively, I think Austin is a solid addition to the Phillies’ system.”
Glenn, meanwhile, was the 675th pick overall. He was an honorable mention All-Ivy pitcher this year, compiling a 4-3 record and a 3.12 earned-run average while striking out 48 batters in 52.0 innings of work. Off the field, Glenn is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, and a finalist for the TD Ameritrade Fans' Choice Award. He also was a semifinalist for the Athletes For a Better World's Wooden Citizenship Cup, which crosses all sports and divisions across the collegiate level.
"Ronnie did a lot of stuff for us during his career, moving from the bullpen to a weekend starting role," said Yurkow. "Like Austin, he is just an unbelievable kid and I am so happy that he is getting this opportunity. I had a feeling he would end up with the Angels, and I know they will give him every chance to be an important part of their system."
Recent Penn Players Drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
2015 - Ronnie Glenn (Los Angeles Angels), 22nd round
2015 - Austin Bossart (Philadelphia Phillies), 14th round
2012 - Vince Voiro (Oakland Athletics), 15th round
2011 - Paul Cusick (Philadelphia Phillies), 29th round
2011 - Vince Voiro (San Diego Padres), 47th round
2004 - Brian Winnings (Cleveland Indians), 48th round
2003 - Ben Krantz (Arizona Diamondbacks), 15th round
2003 - Russ Brocato (Baltimore Orioles), 29th round
2003 - Andrew McCreery (Arizona Diamondbacks), 32nd round
1996 - Mark DeRosa (Atlanta Braves), 7th round
1991 - Doug Glanville (Chicago Cubs), 1st round