June 8, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Two-time NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team selection Matt Wessinger was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th round (1,116 overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft. Wessinger is the third St. John's player selected in this year's draft, joining first round selection Joe Panik (San Francisco Giants, 29th overall) and Paul Karmas (San Diego Padres, 773rd overall), and giving the Red Storm at least two draft picks for the fourth-consecutive season.
The junior batted .274 this season with 42 RBI and tied a career-high with six home runs. The second baseman also had a career-high 14 stolen bases and added 15 doubles and one triple.
Wessinger has a .306 career batting average and has 192 hits, just eight shy of becoming the 16th member of the 200-hit club. Following a sophomore season in which the second baseman set new career-highs in doubles (16), triples (2), home runs (6) and RBI (52), Wessinger earned National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-America honors.
Head coach Ed Blankmeyer has now had 21 players drafted in just the past seven seasons, including a program-record six selections in the 2005 MLB Draft.