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Spatola, Leonard Taken Early On Third Day Of MLB Draft

June 9, 2010

  • Four Eagles Drafted On Tuesday

    Senior OF John Spatola was picked in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB Draft on Wednesday by the Chicago White Sox while junior RHP John Leonard was taken in the 36th by the San Francisco Giants.

    Spatola was the 13th pick of the 35th round (1058th overall) and joined junior RHP Kevin Moran in the White Sox draft class. Moran was taken in the ninth round by Chicago on Tuesday. Leonard was taken off the board with the 23rd selection of the next round (1098th) by the Giants.

    Boston College has had six players from the 2010 team selected which is the most in a single MLB draft. The Eagles had five players picked in both 2004 and 2005.

    A former walk-on who earned captain duties as a senior, Spatola went from a role player in 2009 to a power hitting every day starter last year. An NEIBA All-New England First Team selection, he started all 58 games and led the team with 61 RBI.

    Entering the season he had five career homers, but he hammered 17 during the course of the year which is the third most in a single season at Boston College. His 22 career blasts rank ninth at The Heights.

    Spatola was also second on the squad in slugging (.596), total bases (136) and steals (13) and was third in runs (47), hits (72) and triples (2). He batted .316 on the year with nine doubles and a .398 on-base percentage.

    The Milton, Mass., product had some huge games this year and also delivered in clutch situations. Spatola smashed a pair of three-run homers and finished 3-for-4 with a career-high seven RBI against Missouri and also went 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI against Dartmouth.

    The biggest homer of his career came as a junior when he belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth to beat Texas State in the first game of the Austin Regional. He also had another clutch three-run round-tripper with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game against Miami in the ACC Championship on May 27.

    A Cape Cod League all-star who battled shoulder problems early in the season, Leonard started eight games on the mound in 2010. He finished with a 2-3 record and a 7.53 ERA in 34.2 innings of work. He allowed 44 hits, 33 runs (29 earned) and struck out 27 while walking 16. Leonard started the year 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his first four starts.

    Two of his best performances came against Wake Forest and Maryland. Leonard got the win against the Demon Deacons after working 5.1 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits. He fanned four and walked two. In his first ACC start of the year, he allowed one run on one hit and struck out four in 5.0 innings against the Terrapins.

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