Curtis Selected by Miami Marlins in ’17 MLB Draft

Curtis Selected by Miami Marlins in ’17 MLB Draft

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's Tyler Curtis has added his name to the list of baseball alums to be drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.  The senior third baseman was selected by the Miami Marlins with the 14th pick, 689 overall, of the 23rd round on Wednesday afternoon.

Curtis becomes the seventh player selected from Lynn in the last nine years and ninth since 2003.  He is the fourth, and highest-drafted, position player in program history and first since Sal Giardina, Jr., in 2014.

"I am really excited and blessed for the Miami Marlins to give me the opportunity to further my baseball career," said Curtis.  "Playing for Lynn University was an outstanding experience and I am truly grateful to head coach Rudy Garbalosa, former coaches Donovan O'Dowd and Andrew Fabian, assistant coaches Chris Piperno and Mike Gonzalez, athletic trainer Andrew Lalli and the rest of the Lynn community for making this dream come true.  

"Lastly, a huge thanks goes out to my parents for supporting and motivating me throughout my whole life to help me become a better baseball player as well as a better all-around person."

The Newburgh, N.Y., product enjoyed a stellar senior campaign in which he was honored as a First Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, a finalist for the 2017 Tino Martinez Award and the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.  He became the Fighting Knights' sixth SSC Player of the Year recipient, tied for the most in league history, and fifth in the last six years.

Curtis batted .433 on the year with 13 home runs, 15 doubles, 47 runs batted in and 59 runs scored.  He ranked in the top-10 in nearly every offensive category, including on-base percentage (1st - .518), average (2nd), slugging (2nd - .733), runs (4th) and home runs (9th).

Under head coach Rudy Garbalosa, nine players have been drafted with two more signing free agent deals with MLB clubs.  The list of Blue and White draftees includes: Curtis, Max Watt (2015, Boston Red Sox – 22nd round), Giardina (2014, Atlanta Braves – 31st round), Ryan Gibbard (2012, Milwaukee Brewers – 14th round), Andrew Virgili (2011, Chicago White Sox – 11th round), Tommy Kahnle (2010, New York Yankees – 5th round); Gabe MacDougall (2009, Kansas City Royals – 27th round), Nolan Mulligan (2007, Philadelphia Phillies – 26th round) and Beau McMillan (2003, Florida Marlins – 39th round).

Kahnle became the first Fighting Knight to reach the 'Show' when he made his debut April 3, 2014 for the Colorado Rockies against the Miami Marlins.  He is now a reliever for the Chicago White Sox.  Giardina is currently playing for the Brave's Class AA affiliate team, the Mississippi Braves.

Lynn went 30-20 overall and 10-14 in the Sunshine State Conference in 2017.  The Fighting Knights graduates eight players, including Curtis and All-SSC performer Miguel Ceballos but returns All-SSC selection Pat Dorrian.