Five Huskies picked in 2021 MLB Draft

Published on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:56
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Two UConn baseball players and one future Husky heard their names called on day two of the MLB amateur draft Monday in Denver.

Right-handed high school pitcher Owen Kellington, who committed to UConn in August 2019, was selected in the fourth round (102nd overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Right-handed pitcher Ben Casparius was taken in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and catcher Pat Winkel was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round.

Kellington, a Calais, Vermont native, went 7-0 with a 0.22 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 49 innings as a senior this spring as U-32 High went 14-3 and won the Division II state championship.

At the plate, Kellington batted .667 with eight home runs, 32 runs and 26 RBIs.

Casparius, a junior from Staples High, is the 10th player to be drafted in the first five rounds under UConn coach Jim Penders.

Casparius finished his junior season with a 4.03 ERA and the 12th-most strikeouts in the nation (127). He led the Big East Conference in starts (15), wins (8), innings pitched (91Î) and strikeouts.

Casparius spent his first two collegiate seasons at North Carolina as a two-way player before transferring to UConn after the 2019 season.

Winkel, a sophomore from Amity High, hit .300 with 18 home runs, 80 RBIs, and 57 runs scored in two seasons with the Huskies.

Three UConn baseball players heard their names called on day three of the MLB amateur draft Tuesday in Denver, bringing the total number of Huskies drafted to five, the most in the first 20 rounds of the draft since the program had six taken in 2011.

Sophomore outfielder Kyler Fedko (12th round, Twins), redshirt sophomore left-handed pitcher Caleb Wurster (15th round, Marlins) and freshman right-handed pitcher Andrew Marrero (18th round, Cardinals) became the latest Huskies taken in the draft.

Junior right-hander Ben Casparius was taken in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers while sophomore catcher Pat Winkel was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round on Monday.

The Huskies have now had 57 players selected under coach Jim Penders.

Two UConn commits, left-handed pitcher Frank Mozzicato (1st round, Royals) and right-handed pitcher Owen Kellington (4th round, Pirates) were also drafted.

Fedko, the Big East Player of the Year, was 15th in the country with a .398 batting average. The Gibsonia, Pennsylvania native led the Big East in runs scored (57), hits (78), on-base percentage (.483), total bases (132). He was named an All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, ABCA and NCBWA.

Wurster, a first team All-Big East selection, led the conference with nine saves. The left-hander appeared in 25 games, going 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA. The Coventry, Rhode Island native recorded 52 strikeouts in 41 innings and held opponents to a .207 average against.

Marrero made 18 appearances in 2021. The New Haven native struck out 28 in 21 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .225 average against.

Editor’s note: This is a combination of two separate articles published by the Journal Inquirer. They have not been edited or altered in any way.

Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:56. Updated: Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:58.