June 10, 2009
PITTSBURGH — University of Pittsburgh junior second baseman Chris Sedon and junior left-handed pitcher Nate Reed became the first Panthers drafted since 2007 after being taken on the second day of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Sedon and Reed mark the 27th and 28th players to be drafted from Pitt and the 15th and 16th under head coach Joe Jordano.
Pitt also had one of its four early signing period players drafted on the second day, Royce Consigli, drafted in the 30th round (903rd overall) by the Oakland Athletics. Consigli (Welland, Ontatrio/Notre Dame) racked up 31 doubles, 15 triples and 17 home runs as a starting outfielder. Last summer in the East Coast Grays and Niagra Rebels under-18 competition, he carded a .658 average, picking up 110 hits in just 167 at bats.
Sedon, drafted in the 10th (300th overall) round by the Detroit Tigers, is the highest Panther drafted since Jim Negrych went in the sixth round of the 2006 amateur draft. Reed, a lefty who has been a staple in the starting rotation for three years, was taken in the 20th round (613th overall) by the Chicago White Sox.
In his first year at Pitt, Sedon produced one of the finest seasons by a Panther baseball player. He set single-season school records for home runs (22), total bases (160), and runs scored (65) and placed among the top five in two other categories, including slugging percentage (.796) and RBI (62).
“I could not be happier for Chris,” Pitt head coach Joe Jordano said. “Being a 10th round pick is a testament to his work ethic and commitment to being an outstanding baseball player. He had a memorable season this year and it is my hope that he receives everything that he wants.”
Sedon, a Collegiate News Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and All-Big East First Team selection, batted .402 during the regular season and was named to the Big East Conference Weekly Honor Roll four times. He started the year off with a nine-game hitting streak and added two separate eight-game hitting streaks along the way. Sedon also hit at least one home run in Pitt’s final 12 of 16 games, including each of the last four games.
In Pitt’s two Big East Championship games, he tallied two home runs and four RBI in losses to No. 2 South Florida and No. 3 West Virginia.
Reed posted a 4-6 record this past season, making 13 starts and logging 84.0 innings of work as the Panthers’ number one starter. He has averaged nearly 65 strikeouts each year and has held opponents to a .286 batting average.
“I feel very good about Nate being drafted,” said Jordano. I felt like he should have been a bit higher based on a three-year history of solid pitching in the Big East Conference, but I strongly believe that this opportunity will progress into a very successful professional career.”
Reed’s best performance this season came when the Panthers needed him most. Heading into the season-ending series against rival West Virginia, Pitt needed to win two of three games to reach the Big East Championship Tournament. Reed took the mound in game one and threw a complete game, scattering 10 hits while striking out seven and not allowing an earned run.
“Obviously we’re very happy for Nate, it’s a great opportunity for him to continue his career,” said pitching coach Brandon Rowan. “Playing professionally is not something that is afforded to everyone. Nate is a guy who projects very well at the next level. He has logged a lot of key innings for us here at Pitt.”