TOWSON, Md. – Senior righthander Josh Squatrito (Penn Manor H.S./Willow Street, Pa.) of the Towson University baseball team was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon. He was the 759th player selected in the draft.
Squatrito is the 13th Tiger baseball player who has been drafted since Mike Gottlieb became the Tigers’ coach in 1988.
In two years at Towson, Squatrito set the school records for saves in a season and a career. As a junior, he appeared in 27 games and posted a 2-5 record with a school record 10 saves. Squatrito tied for the Colonial Athletic Association lead with his ten saves and was honored as the CAA Pitcher of the Week twice. In the 2008 season, he pitched 51.2 innings and walked only 10 batters with 66 strikeouts.
He enjoyed an even better season as a senior, appearing in 24 games, all in relief. He tied for the team lead with five victories as he posted a 5-2 record with seven saves. In 38.2 innings, he walked only eight batters and had 45 strikeouts with a 5.59 E.R.A.
Squatrito, a transfer from CCBC-Catonsville, appeared in 51 games for the Tigers over the last two years. He set a school record with 17 career saves and posted a 7-7 record. In 90.1 innings, he had 25 walks and 111 strikeouts. During his career, he was 17-for-19 in save opportunities.
“We’re glad that Josh is going to get a chance to pitch at the next level,” said Coach Gottlieb. “For the last two years, he did a tremendous job as our closer. In my years as a coach, he was as close to being ‘automatic’ as anybody we’ve had in that role. Over the last two seasons, we won 58 games and Josh played a big role in our success. He had a great career for us and we wish him the best.”
There are currently three former Tiger draft picks playing professional baseball. Outfielder Casper Wells, ‘06 was selected by Detroit in the 14th round in 2005 and is currently playing for the Erie Seawolves of the Eastern League (AA). He has been injured for most of this season. Infielder Shane Justis, ‘05 was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 21st round of the draft in 2005. Justis is part of the Milwaukee organization. He is batting .316 for the Huntsville Stars of the Southern League (AA).
Outfielder Brian Conley, ’08 was selected by Baltimore in last year’s draft. He is currently playing for the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League (A).