Notable Diocesan MLB Draftees

In this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, two players with local diocesan ties were selected and now have a chance to live out their baseball dreams.

The Colorado Rockies drafted St. John’s University, Jamaica, red-shirt senior pitcher James Lomangino in the 18th round, 533rd overall.

Lomangino earned first team ALL-BIG EAST honors this past season after finishing 6-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 15 starts for the Red Storm.

In the 38th round, the Atlanta Braves chose J.J. Franco, son of longtime New York Mets relief pitcher John Franco, a former parishioner at Most Precious Blood, Bath Beach.

The Mets had selected J.J. in 2010, but he chose to play baseball in college at Brown University, Providence, R.I., instead.

John and J.J. Franco (Photo by Jim Mancari)
John and J.J. Franco (Photo by Jim Mancari)