Stony Brook, N.Y. – Stony Brook University junior catcher Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.), was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the fourth pick of the 39th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon.
Cantwell becomes the second Stony Brook player in as many days to be drafted as junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) was selected in the fifth round by the Houston Astros on Tuesday. The Seawolves have had 34 players sign professional contracts under head coach Matt Senk including 25 since the program jumped to Division I in 2000.
“Pat’s selection in this year’s draft validates what we have seen over the last three years; a great baseball player with tremendous tools but an even greater person that possesses both an outstanding character and work ethic,” Senk said.
A first team All-America East selection, Cantwell started 54 games at catcher this season and hit .308 with 14 doubles. He also threw out 16 of 26 would be base stealers which was first in the America East.
Cantwell was a second team all-conference selection in 2010 as he hit .361 with 46 runs scored in 51 starts. He was also named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2010 America East tournament as he led the Seawolves to their second title in three seasons.
Cantwell and the 2011 Seawolves won a school record 42 wins and won the program’s first America East regular season title.