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UMass Lowell baseball player signed by MLB's Mets.

UMass Lowell baseball player signed by the New York Mets

Lowell, MA – The New York Mets announced the signing of UMass Lowell junior Jack Leathersich (Beverly, Mass.) on Thursday. The Mets selected Leathersich earlier this month in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Leathersich was drafted on June 6 with the 162nd overall pick, making him the eighth player in program history to be drafted.

A 6-foot, 205-pound left-handed pitcher, he went 6-2 this season with a 1.62 earned run average. Leathersich limited hitters to a .175 batting average against while ranking second in NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings (12.74).

Over the course of the season, the junior broke three program records: single season strikeouts (126), strikeouts per nine innings (12.74) and most times striking out 10 or more in a season (7). He also moved into a tie for third all-time with Steve Palazzolo (2001-04) for career strikeouts (251) and ranks fifth in program history with a 2.50 career ERA.

The Mets official press release can be found here.