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Mets draft USF’s Joe Genord in 9th round

The senior first baseman finished his college career with 44 home runs
USF senior first baseman Joe Genord was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round of the major-league draft Tuesday. [USF Athletics]
USF senior first baseman Joe Genord was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round of the major-league draft Tuesday. [USF Athletics]
Published Jun. 4, 2019
Updated Jun. 4, 2019

Bulls first baseman Joe Genord, who finished his career as USF's No. 3 all-time home run hitter (44), was drafted Tuesday by the Mets in the ninth round of the major-league draft.

The first Bull off the board, Genord was the 268th overall pick, which has an estimated slotted value of $154,600. USF now has had at least one player taken in the draft’s top 10 rounds for five consecutive years and eight of the last nine.

Genord’s selection on the draft’s second day came as a mild surprise, considering he has no remaining college eligibility and, consequently, no negotiating leverage.

But his power numbers were tough to ignore.

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USF’s lone first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick, Genord led the Bulls in average (.333), home runs (13), doubles (14), RBI (52) and slugging percentage (.618) in ’19. He also finished his career in USF’s all-time top 10 in RBI (163).

The draft concludes Wednesday. Prospects still on the board for USF include junior right-handed closer Nelson Alvarez and senior outfielder Chris Chatfield, a Spoto High alumnus.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.