LIU Brooklyn John Ziznewski Selected by Chicago White Sox in 2014 MLB Draft
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
Long Island University,
Blackbird shortstop John Ziznewski became the 28th player in LIU Brooklyn history to be selected into the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Friday, June 6. Ziznewski was chosen in the eighth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox.
“It feels great and I am so grateful for the opportunity that the Chicago White Sox have given me,” Ziznewski said. “It's a special day that my family and I will never forget.”
Ziznewski was named the 2014 Northeast Conference Player of the Year. After earning All-NEC second team and All-Tournament Team honors at shortstop in 2013, Ziznewski moved up to the first team this spring and became the first LIU Blackbird since Joe Zeccardi in 1999 to capture the conference's top individual honor.
“We are so proud of John,” LIU Brooklyn athletic director John Suarez said. “He took a real leadership role this year when the team needed one. On the field, he did it all, and really earned the Player of the Year award. The White Sox are getting the complete package, on and off the field.”
In Ziznewski’s senior season, he was a three-time NEC Player of the Week, named a Top Performer of the Week by NCAA.com and was Corvias/ECAC Baseball Player of the Week for NCAA Division I in the Metro-Upstate Region.
The Staten Island native finished the season leading the Northeast Conference in five offensive categories, including hits (72), home runs (9), runs batted in (55), slugging percentage (.589), and total bases (116). He was also second in the conference in stolen bases (18), on-base percentage (.431), and runs scored (50), while coming in third overall in the league in batting average (.365).
Ziznewski was also awarded with the athletic department's Dolly King Athletic Excellence Award at the conclusion of the 2013-14 year. The award is presented to the student-athlete who exemplifies leadership, sportsmanship, and achievement that the late William "Dolly" King personified as a student-athlete, administrator, and coach.
Ziznewski joins former teammate Justin Topa and James Jones as the most recent Blackbirds to be drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft.
Topa, who went in the 17th round last year by Pittsburgh, currently pitches for the Class A West Virginia Power in the Pirates' system. Jones, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft by Seattle, is currently the starting center fielder for the Seattle Mariners. The two-time All-NEC First Team selection is hitting .283, with 17 runs scored and 28 hits, including five doubles and two triples, in 31 games played this season.
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