Four Johnnies Named to ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams|
June 13, 2018
Full List of ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Selections
QUEENS, N.Y. - For just the third time in program history, the St. John's baseball team has seen four of its members recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association as all-region selections.
Sean Mooney, an ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American last season, earned a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings Northeast All-Region First Team for the second-straight year. Josh Shaw was also named to the first team while John Valente and Jamie Galazin found places on the Northeast All-Region Second Team. Valente garnered the accolade for the second-consecutive season, while Shaw and Galazin earned their first career honors.
St. John's also had four players named to the All-Region team in 2005 and 2012.
Mooney turned in one of the finest season by a Red Storm hurler in recent memory, going 11-3 with a 2.56 ERA in 16 starts. He became just the third pitcher in program history to record 11 wins in a season and just the second to accomplish the feat in the last 50 years. The Marmora, N.J., native fanned 104 batters in 95.0 innings of work, good enough for eighth on the St. John's single-season strikeouts list. In that same stretch, he surrendered just 28 walks while holding opponents to a .211 batting average.
Shaw, a 19th round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in last week's MLB Draft, had a career year as a junior, batting .316 with a pair of home runs and 46 RBIs. The Wayne, N.J., native logged 20 extra-base hits, slugged .424 and reached base at a .363 clip. Despite playing just three years in Queens, Shaw became the 24th member of the 200-hit club and just the seventh Johnnie to accomplish the feat in three years, finishing his collegiate career with 204 base knocks. Following a strong finish to his junior campaign that saw him belt both of his home runs in postseason play, Shaw closed out his collegiate days as a career .300 hitter. The second baseman earned All-BIG EAST honors in each of his three seasons, garnering BIG EAST Freshman of the Year accolades in 2016 before being named to the all-league first team in his sophomore and junior campaigns.
Valente, the first Johnnie in program history to be named the BIG EAST Player of the Year, earns his second-straight all-region distinction after a 2018 season that helped him cement his legacy as one of the greatest hitters to ever take the field at St. John's. The first selection of the 21st round by the Detroit Tigers, Valente batted .360 with five home runs and 40 RBIs as a graduate student in 2018. He struck out just 11 times in 236 at-bats, good enough for the sixth best strikeout-to-at-bat ratio in Division I. The New Rochelle native closed out his career at St. John's as a .353 hitter with 218 knocks, the former of which is tied for 10th and the latter of which is good enough for 13th in program history.
Galazin, a 22nd round pick of the Chicago Cubs, turned in a career-best effort as a senior, helping the Red Storm to its third 40-win campaign of his tenure in Queens. The Langhorne, Pa., native hit .329 with six home runs and 44 RBIs, all of which set new career highs for the center fielder. Galazin tallied 26 extra-base hits in 57 games for the Johnnies, far and away the highest total on the team. Also a threat in the field and on the base paths, Galazin stole 11 or more bags for the third-straight year and did not commit a single error in 117 chances. For his career, Galazin batted .310 with 185 base hits.
All four of the Red Storm's all-region selections were also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
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