Cronin Selected By Chicago White Sox In 2019 MLB Draft
Right-handed pitcher Declan Cronin ‘19 of the Holy Cross baseball team has been selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 2019 MLB Draft. Cronin was drafted in the 36th round as the 1,070th overall pick on Wednesday, June 5.
"Getting drafted has always been a childhood dream, and the chance to continue my career with an organization like the White Sox makes it that much better," Cronin said. "I’m extremely grateful for all that Holy Cross has given me, especially the constant effort from my coaches and teammates over my four years. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those people who saw my potential and pushed me day after day. Thank you to all of 'Sader Nation, and go White Sox!"
Cronin earned All-Patriot League first team honors during the 2019 season after recording a 6-4 record in 15 appearances (71.0 innings) with 10 starts. In that span, he had a 4.06 ERA with 61 strikeouts. In Patriot League play, Cronin had the second-best ERA in the conference at 2.70 with a 5-1 record over 46.2 innings pitched.
During the 2019 season, he earned Patriot League Pitcher of the Week honors on April 2 after allowing three hits, one walk and one unearned run with nine strikeouts in seven-plus innings vs. Lehigh on March 30. He was undefeated in five consecutive starts between April 13 and May 11; he was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team for the second straight year after his Game 2 victory in a Patriot League semifinal against Army on May 11, in which he allowed just one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts.
Throughout his four-year career, Cronin tallied 156 strikeouts, 10th-most in program history. He has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times and was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team in 2019. He additionally earned the team’s Robert T. Curran Leadership Award in 2019.
Cronin becomes the Crusaders’ first MLB Draft pick since right-handed pitcher Brendan King was selected in the 20th round by the Chicago Cubs in 2017.