Another Florida pitcher was selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft today when the New York Mets selected Johnny Magliozzi in the 17th round. Magliozzi is only a sophomore but was draft eligible because he is 21 years old. He is the third Gator pitcher to be drafted.
He was a jack-of-all-trades for Kevin O’Sullivan this past season, leading the team with 12 saves while also earning four starts.
This is the second time Magliozzi has been drafted. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the 35th round out of high school before ultimately deciding to go to school.
Magliozzi throws in the low to mid 90s with good command. He is able to spot his fastball well and can overpower a hitter with it. He has a curveball with a wicked 1-to-7 break that is a nice pitch to mix in with his fastball. He also throws a changeup but needs to continue developing that pitch.
What Scouts Say
Magliozzi is projected to be a bullpen guy at the next level and could develop into a closer or a solid 8th inning guy.
Career at Florida
As a freshman, Magliozzi appeared in 16 games including six starts earning a 4-3 record with a 5.03 ERA. He struck out 21 batters to just 5 walks.
He had a better sophomore season, appearing in 29 games (4 starts), finishing the year with a 4-2 record, 2.67 ERA and 12 saves. He struck out 57 batters in 67.1 innings while walking 16.
Chances Magliozzi Returns
I was told today that Magliozzi is leaning towards turning pro and that he will probably sign a contract with the Mets. I think Magliozzi could improve his draft stock by returning for his junior season and becoming the true closer. Then again, I’m not the one that is turning down a lot of money from a team that wants to make my dream of playing professional baseball true.
I think we have seen the last of Magliozzi in orange and blue.