WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior left-handed pitcher Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) has been selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 19th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Koneski was the 581st player taken overall in the draft. The Holy Cross baseball program has had at least one player drafted in each of the last three years.
Koneski had a stellar senior season on the mound for the Crusaders as he posted a 7-3 record and 2.43 ERA. His 82 strikeouts were a league and team-best. He was named first team All-Patriot League and was a first team NEIBA All-Star pick. He ranked 37th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings and 84th in ERA. He finished his career ranked second all-time in program history with 229 career strikeouts. In his career, Koneski boasted a 17-13 record on the mound with a 4.76 ERA.
Koneski is the first Holy Cross player to be drafted by the Mariners organization. He is the third player in three years to be drafted out of Holy Cross and follows in the footsteps of former southpaw John Pedrotty, who was chosen in the 13th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and Matt Perry, who was chosen in the 41st round of the 2010 draft. Pedrotty currently plays in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization while Perry is part of the Detroit Tigers farm system.
Along with Koneski, future Crusader Nick Lovullo, Class of 2016, was drafted in the 38th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Lovullo is the son of Toronto's first base coach, Torey Lovullo. He will join the Holy Cross baseball team this upcoming fall and will play as a middle infielder.