WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior left-handed pitcher John Pedrotty (Portsmouth, R.I.) has been selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 13th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Pedrotty was the 394th player taken overall in the draft. He becomes the first junior Crusader to be drafted since Drew Bigda went to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 39th round of the 2004 draft. Pedrotty becomes the 127th player in the history of the Holy Cross baseball program to sign a professional contract.
After starting just four games on the mound during his first two years with the Crusaders, Pedrotty emerged as the team's top starting pitcher in 2011. He was named to the first team All-Patriot League and was also chosen as the Worcester Area Pitcher of the Year. He led all Patriot Leaguers with seven wins (7-2) while pitching to a 4.62 ERA with 56 strikeouts in a team-high 60.1 innings for the season. Pedrotty held the opposition to a .269 batting average, in addition to throwing two complete games.
Pedrotty becomes the fourth Holy Cross player since 2000 to be drafted. He is the highest Holy Cross selection in the draft since former Crusaders two-sport star Ronnie Perry was a third-round pick in both the Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association drafts in 1980.