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Mets draft USF's Joe Cavallaro in 24th round



Junior RHP Joe Cavallaro became the third current Bull to see his name go off the big-league draft board when the Mets took him Wednesday in the 24th round.

Arguably USF's most effective reliever down the stretch, Cavallaro was among five right-handed pitcher with a USF connection to be drafted. Senior Ryan Valdes -- an Alonso High alumnus -- also was drafted Wednesday (Pirates, 33rd round).

A 6-foot-4 converted starter, Cavallaro -- the 727th overall pick -- posted a career-best 2.28 ERA in 30 appearances, all out of the bullpen. He finished 5-3 with five saves, striking out 77 in 59.1 innings.

USF Draftees
Round; Player; Club; Overall pick

CBA (A): SS Kevin Merrell, A's (33)
7: RHP Jackson Tetreault, Nationals (223)*
10: RHP Phoenix Sanders, Rays (289)
15: RHP Tommy Romero, Mariners (453)*
24: RHP Joe Cavallaro, Mets (727)
33: RHP Ryan Valdes, Pirates (988)
*-USF signee

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 5:05pm]


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