Wednesday, The Minnesota Twins drafted former Lackawanna College Baseball standout, Rich Condeelis, in the 36th round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. A Pitcher/First Baseman for the Falcons, Condeelis transferred to the University of Pittsburgh after his graduation from Lackawanna in 2014 and was used primarily as a relief pitcher by the Panthers.
At Lackawanna he was used mostly at first base where he hit .387 in 111 at bats and slammed 6 homers. In addition, he also pitched three games in relief with no decisions. At Pitt, Condeelis moved exclusively to the mound, finishing the year with a 0-2 record while registering a 4.37 ERA in 22.2 innings, all in relief. He earned 2 saves in the process.
Finishing his Junior year at Pitt, Condeelis, now must decide whether to sign with the Twins or return to Pittsburgh to finish his senior year. If he chooses the latter, he will be eligible to be drafted by any Major League team in the 2016 draft.
With Minnesota's selection of Condeelis, it marks the fifth time that a member or former member of the Lackawanna College baseball team was selected in the Major League Draft. Other Lackawanna players previously drafted were Chris Sedon, a 2009 ninth round selection of the Detroit Tigers; Dan Winnie, the sixteenth round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2010; and Chris Kirsch, who was drafted by St. Louis Cardinals after his initial year at Lackawanna in 2011 and again in 2012 by the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourteenth round.