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Former St. Francis pitcher Matt Minnick believes Yankees are perfect fit

Matt Minnick used to sit in front of the television in his home in Collins and watch the New York Yankees. Now, he has the chance to be among them.

Minnick, a former St. Francis High School pitcher,  was selected Wednesday by the Yankees in the 23rd round of the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft. A senior at Mercyhurst College (Pa.), was the 705th overall pick.

“It means so much to me to be drafted by the New York Yankees," Minnick said. "I grew up idolizing the Yankees players on TV.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to play and I’m so thankful for everyone who has helped me get to where I am."

A left-handed hurler, Minnick was the winning pitcher in Mercyhurst's 8-5 victory over Catawba on Tuesday night in the Division II College World Series.

The team's magical ride continued with a 6-4 victory against UC San Diego on Wednesday. Mercyhurst plays Thursday in the semifinals against Tampa and needs to win two games to advance.

"This year has been a wild ride," Minnick said. "We are an extremely close team and are playing our best ball down the stretch. It’s so exciting to be in the final four teams in the country.

Minnick posted a 7-3 record with a 3.05 ERA this season. He struck out 128 and walked 35 batters in 73 2/3 innings pitched. Opposing batters are hitting .217 against him. He also threw a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory against Saginaw Valley and posted two games with at least 15 strikeouts.

He is the 22nd player to be drafted from Mercyhurst.

"I’m so thankful for my coaches and teammates and the relationships I’ve made over the years," he said. "It has been the time of my life.”
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