Scranton, PA - The Milwaukee Brewers selected Lackawanna College's Joey Baran in the twenty-second round of the 2018 Major League Player Draft. He was the eleventh player in the program history to be selected in this annual event.
In learning that he had been drafted, Baran said. "It's an unreal feeling, it's the fulfillment of a dream." He added, " This couldn't have happened without coach Thompson and Coach Tomachick giving me an opportunity after a difficult year in 2016-2017. Thankful for everything Lackawanna College has done for me, and I am very excited for this next chapter in my baseball career"
His Head Coach at Lackawanna, Bruce Thompson, had this to say " I am very proud and happy for Joey. His selection in the MLB draft by the Brewers was a special conclusion to a season in which he was named Region XIX's DII Pitcher of the Year. He is a mature young man who worked very hard and put together a fantastic year on the mound for us." Thompson added, "He has a bright future ahead of him and is going to be very successfully on and off the field. It was a privilege to coach him."
An intelligent student/athlete, Baran must now decide between signing with the Brewers or continuing his collegiate career at Penn State University, a NCAA Division I institution and member of the Big Ten conference.
This past season, the 5'11" sophomore led the team in strikeouts with 58. Overall, he logged a 6-1 win/loss record and recorded a 1.58 ERA after giving up 8 earned runs on 34 hits in 45.and 2/3 innings.
He will join the following players who have at one time or another took the field for Lackawanna and were drafted in the MLB draft. Players previously drafted were Jared Solomon, an 11th round pick of the Cincinnati Reds; Rich Condeelis, a 36th round choice of the Minnesorta Twins (2015); Chris Kirsch, the 14th round pick (2012) of the Tampa Bay Rays; Chris Sedon, a 2009 ninth round selection of the Detroit Tigers, Dan Winnie, the sixteenth round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2010; Danny Nelson a 1996 42nd round choice of the New York Mets; Ron Chiavacci, a 1996 50th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies; Harold Zdziarski, the 1994 63rd round selection of the New York Mets; Gary Grudzinski, a 1982. Both Condeelis and Sedon were drafted after completing their college career at the University of Pittsburgh.