PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On day two of the 2011 MLB Draft in Secaucus, N.J., Brown baseball captain Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) heard his named called. The senior catcher was selected 683rd overall in the 22nd round by the San Diego Padres. The four-year starter for Brown will now fly directly to Phoenix, Ariz., for mini-camp before heading to the Padres' short-season single-A affiliate in Eugene, Ore.
"Yesterday was hectic with phone calls and the whole process, but it was such a relief once I received that call from the Padres," said Colantonio. "I've been getting emails and calls from alumni, so its great to know that the Brown community is proud of my accomplishment."
Colantonio, an All-Ivy League Second Team Selection in 2011, led the Bears with a .301 average, 136 at-bats, 31 runs, 41 hits, 12 doubles, a .426 slugging percentage and a .424 on-base percentage.
The senior is seventh all-time in Brown baseball history with 171 games played and ninth with 132 runs scored. Colantonio's .462 on-base percentage in league games was third in the conference and his 17 runs scored were eighth-best.
"The last four years at Brown were the best years of my life so far and I'm hoping that my selection opens the door for future Brown baseball players looking to enter the draft," stated Colantionio.
Colantonio is the first Major League Baseball draft pick for Brown since shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Evertt, Mass.) in 2009. Nuzzo was selected in the 24th round of they draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He currently plays for the franchise's single-A affiliate in Lansing, Mich.
Brown's past two catchers have been four-year starters and were both selected in the MLB draft. In 2007, backstop Devin Thomas (Gainesville, Fla.) was selected by the Detroit Tigers. He was not the only selection that season, as he was joined by RHP Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), who was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks.