Former Seton Hall Baseball players moving on up
Added by Anne Chavez on July 25, 2013.
Seton Hall Baseball is seeing their former players have much success playing professional baseball.
(Giuseppe Papaccio playing second base – Kane County Cougars)
Coming from Nutley, N.J., Giuseppe Papaccio was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 18th round of the MLB Draft. He was originally assigned to play with the franchise’s Rookie League affiliate, the Arizona League Cubs. However, Papaccio proved that he was more than worthy (batting .333) and was promoted to the Kane County Cougars. Papaccio became the first member of the Cubs 2013 draft class to be promoted to Kane County and continues to succeed.
(Pitcher Jon Prosinski – Williamsport Crosscutters)
Jon Prosinski, from Skillman, N.J., was picked in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Originally assigned to the franchise’s Class A Short Season affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters, Prosinski pitched a 3.86 ERA in five starts with 14 strikeouts and three walks in 16.1 innings pitched. His performance was great and he soon found himself moving a little close to home, 44 miles away from home to be exact, as he was promoted to the Phillies’ Class A affiliate, the Lakewood Blueclaws.
(Pitcher Brian Gilbert – shupirates.com)
Toms River native, Brian Gilbert was picked in this year’s MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins and soon started playing with their Rookie League, the Elizabethton Twins. In five appearances out of the bullpen, he only gave up one hit, not allowing a run and striking out seven batters. Gilbert also earned his first win in his first professional appearance against the Princeton Rays. His success earned him a promotion to the Twins’ Class A affiliate, the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
All three New Jersey natives are on a path of success, fulfilling their dreams. We could be seeing them in the majors in the near future.