Tuesday June 25, 2013UF's Johnny Magliozzi Signs With New York Mets
Right-hander Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.), a member of the 2013 Gator baseball team, signed with the New York Mets on Tuesday and will forgo his final two years of eligibility at the University of Florida. He had been taken in the 17th round at No. 506 overall by the Mets following his sophomore campaign and will be playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, the organizationís Class A short-season affiliate.
Magliozzi led the Gators this season with a 2.67 earned run average and had a 4-2 record in 29 appearances, with four starts. He collected 12 saves, one shy of the schoolís single-season record shared by Danny Wheeler (1994) and Josh Fogg (1998), and had a hand in 16 of Floridaís 29 wins on the campaign. The righty ranked second on the squad with 57 strikeouts, issued 16 walks in 67.1 innings and opponents batted just .213 against him. Magliozzi sported a 2-1 mark and notched seven saves in 13 SEC outings, while totaling 23 strikeouts and giving up 11 walks in 32.2 innings of league action.
The right-hander tied his career-best effort with six strikeouts versus Valparaiso (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R) at the NCAA Bloomington Regional and against Texas A&M (6.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R) at the SEC Tournament. He also saved the series opener at Georgia for Jonathon Crawford with a scoreless ninth inning. Magliozzi worked a career-high seven innings in the second meeting with Auburn, with five K and three runs allowed, although he was not involved in the decision as the Gators plated four runs in the ninth to emerge victorious, 5-4. He earned the decision over Tennessee in 10 innings with a 2.1-inning stint in which he had three strikeouts, preserved the pair of wins at Missouri with a combined 2.2 scoreless innings and saved the first two triumphs during the sweep of No. 8 South Carolina.
Magliozzi captured his SEC starting debut by working 5.2 innings in which he allowed three runs at No. 17 Mississippi State. In addition, he fanned two of the three batters he faced to nail down the 5-3 victory over UCF, twirled 3.2 innings to close out the Gatorsí 4-0 shutout of No. 11 Ole Miss to take the series and picked up his first career save in SEC play with a clean ninth to down Kentucky. The righty totaled six strikeouts over 3.1 shutout innings to grab the win at Jacksonville, helped Florida even the series with No. 21 Miami (Fla.) in game two by going 1.1 innings and then closed the series finale against the Hurricanes as the Orange and Blue posted a 6-3 victory. He retired all four batters that he faced to save the Gatorsí initial win of the campaign over Duke.
In 45 career appearances at Florida, Magliozzi was 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 101.1 innings, with 78 strikeouts, 21 walks and 12 saves. He had previously been taken in the 35th round by the Tampa Bay Rays coming out of the Dexter School in 2011.