The Cardinals have made a decision to draft senior LHP Steve Sabatino from Notre Dame in Round 26 of the 2012 MLB Draft. Sabatino was the third and final Notre Dame player chosen in the draft.
Sabatino had a career 6-7 record with a 5.01 ERA. Sabatino collected 120 strikeouts in 140.0 career innings, good for a 7.71 per nine-inning average. He limited his opponents to a .269 career batting average.
“Being able to play professional baseball has been my dream for as long as I can remember,” said Sabatino. “Thanks to all the people who never stopped believing in me. I am so grateful for all their support. Notre Dame has pushed me to be the person I am today.” -und.com
Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Sabatino had a rough start to the season this year. He had a rough 9.22 ERA and issued 15 walks over 5 appearances.
However, he calmed down and finished strong. Sabatino recorded a 2.08 ERA with 23 strikeouts and only five walks in his last 22.0 innings of work, something Coach Aoki is proud of.
“Steve is another example of player that earned his draft selection,” said second-year head coach MikAoki. “He missed an entire season with Tommy John, but worked his tail off to be ready this season. Steve struggled early with his command this year, but kept at it and really helped us down the stretch this season.” -und.com
Certainly an exciting time for the Notre Dame Baseball program. Stay logged onto to Slap the Sign for further updates on the MLB Draft.