June 10, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's baseball pitcher Michael Sylvestriwas drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft Saturday.
Sylvestri concluded his senior season after compiling a 4-3 record with a 3.86 ERA. He held his 2013 opponents to a .253 batting average and was instrumental in the Owls top-25 national rank and 42-22 record. The converted catcher tossed a total of 75 innings wearing an Owl uniform, including the final inning and a third versus the No. 1 team in the nation at the Chapel Hill Regional Championship. His two-year record stands at 5-5.
"I'm happy for Michael," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "He worked hard to make the transition from catcher to pitcher and I look forward to following his progress through the minor leagues."
Sylvestri is the 10th player to be selected in the MLB draft since McCormack assumed the helm of FAU. He also is the 81st FAU player to sign a professional baseball contract that was recruited or played under McCormack's direction. The Owls have had at least one member drafted 15-consecutive seasons (1999-2013).