Fairfield, CT – With the 194th selection in the sixth round of this year's Major League Baseball Draft, the New York Yankees selected Sacred Heart shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT). With the sixth round selection, Murphy becomes the highest draft pick in Sacred Heart history and the seventh SHU ball player to be drafted under Head Coach Nick Giaquinto. The last Pioneer to be selected in the MLB draft was center fielder Mike Drowne, who was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010. Murphy was the first Northeast Conference player to be picked in this year's draft.
"It's an incredible feeling when everything you've done in your life finally pays off and I couldn't be happier," said Murphy.
Over his illustrious four year career, Murphy became one of the greatest players ever to don the Pioneer uniform. The impressive shortstop led the Pioneers to four straight NEC Championship games; including back-to-back NEC titles in 2011 and 2012. He was named the NEC Championship MVP in 2011, and made the All-NEC second team as a junior. This season, on his way to being named to the All Northeast Conference First Team, Murphy led the Pioneers in every offensive category. The newest Yankee led Sacred Heart in batting (.367), slugging (.565), on base percentage (.442), RBI (47) home runs 4, triples (8), doubles (13) and hits (76) this season.
"We are all very proud of the work John has put in during these last four years. He has been a vital part of bringing Sacred Heart baseball to another level and I couldn't be happier for him," commented Coach Giaquinto
Murphy finished his career first all-time in the Sacred Heart history books with 170 career RBI and 17 triples, and second all-time with 264 career hits, just three shy of the all-time mark.