Hudson Valley Sports Report

LUGBAUER CHOSEN BY BRAVES

Former Arlington Standout, Current Michigan Star Goes In 11th Round; Curtis, Garay Also Picked

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Drew Lugbauer’s decision paid off.

Selected in the 21st round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays out of Arlington High School, the former Admirals’ standout instead opted to play college baseball at the University of Michigan.

Today, Lugbauer was rewarded by being chosen in the 11th round of this year’s draft by the Atlanta Braves. And this time, there’s no dilemma about what to do.

“No, I am going to sign right now. I feel like I am ready to go,” Lugbauer told HVSR. “I have a good offer and I am going to take advantage of it.”

Lugbauer will head to Florida in a few days for a mini-camp with the Braves, “get acclimated to the professional life,” and then will report to Atlanta’s short-season Class A minor league club in Danville, Va.

Lugbauer was a star at Michigan, finishing his junior year this spring with a .290 batting average, 12 home runs – including two grand slams – and 60 RBI. He led Michigan in home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, and had an on-base percentage of .401. He was a first-team All-Big selection as well.

The left-handed hitting Lugbauer played mostly at third base for the Wolverines but scouts also like the fact that he can catch.

In fact, he said that’s where Atlanta wants him.

“This is all catcher,” he said. “They’re going to try to build me up as a catcher.”

Lugbauer said Atlanta was one of the teams that stayed in contact with him the most throughout his junior year.

“The Braves were on me the whole year and they picked me,” he said. “Throughout the whole process the Braves were very professional and they believed in me and they kept saying that over and over.”

In addition in today’s third round of the draft, two other local players were taken. LaGrangeville resident Gavin Garay – a shortstop from St. Petersburg College who played at Kennedy Catholic – was taken in the 26th round by the New York Mets.

And former Marlboro standout Tyler Curtis, a first-team all-state shortstop for the Dukes now playing third base at Lynn University, was taken in the 23rd round by the Miami Marlins.

 

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