Northern Iowa and Vermont shuttered their baseball programs after this season, ostensibly owing to budget shortfalls in their respective athletic departments. Both schools went out with a pair of players drafted apiece.
Vermont’s duo went in the 37th round, with the White Sox selecting lefthander Joe Serafin, and two players later, the Yankees selecting lefty hitting outfielder Justin Milo. Serafin, a fifth-year senior, is the Catamounts’ all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, and unless the program comes back in the future he’ll hold those records in perpetuity. Milo, a junior transfer from Cornell, should be a tough sign, as he’s also a hockey player, and Vermont isn’t getting rid of hockey anytime soon. He is the Catamounts’ leading returning goal scoreer (12) and helped lead them to the Frozen Four last season.
Northern Iowa’s two drafted players were pitchers—righthander Shuhei Fujiya (18th round, Padres) and lefthander Nick Kirk (19th round, Indians). Kirk hasn’t been quite the same since a forearm injury in 2008, and Fujiya is a college closer who tied a school record with nine saves this spring, when he struck out 29 in 22 innings.
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