June 15, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Matt Iannazzo, a three-time All-Big East baseball selection for Pitt, has signed a contract to play in the Chicago Cubs organization. The lefthander will report to Mesa, Ariz. to play for the AZL Cubs in the Rookie League.
“It is appropriate that Matt gets this opportunity,” said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. “I can assure you that he will do a great job for the Cubs. Matt earned this chance to play professionally and we could not be happier for him.”
Iannazzo’s career will go down as one of the best ever by a Pitt pitcher. He is the program’s all-time leader in career wins with his 28-12 overall record, and is also first in innings pitched (342), third in strikeouts (239), ninth in appearances (53), 10th in winning percentage (.700) and 16th in complete games (eight).
Iannazzo was the go-to pitcher for Jordano in some of the team’s biggest games the past few seasons. He started the Panthers’ opener in each of the past two conference tournaments, including a complete game win over Louisville in a 2011 postseason game.
The AZL Cubs went 28-28 last season and finished in third place in the Arizona League East Division. The 2012 season is set to begin on Wednesday, June 20.
“I am excited for this opportunity to continue to play,” Iannazzo said. “I look forward to proving my ability at the next level.”