Collage of Lehigh baseball players

From left, Matt McBride, Levi Stoudt, Carlos Torres and Adam Retzbach are four of the 18 MLB First-Year Player Draft selections in Lehigh baseball history.

Carlos Torres, Adam Retzbach Continue MLB Draft Success

In the past four years, Lehigh baseball has had six different players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Story by

Stephen Gross


Since Major League Baseball held its initial First-Year Player Draft in 1965, the Lehigh baseball program has had success with its players being selected. The frequency in which players from Lehigh are chosen by MLB clubs, however, has greatly increased the past two decades. This past summer, two more Lehigh players were selected, making Adam Retzbach (14th round, Baltimore Orioles) and Carlos Torres (20th round, Colorado Rockies) the 17th and 18th draft selections in Lehigh history. It’s the third time in the last four years that Lehigh has had multiple players selected in the same draft.

By the Numbers

2nd Round in which Matt McBride, Lehigh’s highest drafted played, was selected

4  Number of times Lehigh had multiple players selected in the same draft

6  Former Lehigh players drafted who are currently in a MLB franchise’s minor league system

13  Number of franchises that have drafted a player out of Lehigh

16* — Former Lehigh players who have reached the majors

18  Number of total MLB Draft selections from Lehigh in school history

* Of the 16 Lehigh baseball players to play in the majors, only two were drafted—Matt McBride and Paul Hartzell. The other 14 made their major league debut prior to the establishment of the MLB Draft.

Lehigh in the MLB Draft

Year         Name                    Round           Team

2022       Adam Retzbach    14th Round     Baltimore Orioles

2022       Carlos Torres        20th Round    Colorado Rockies

2021       Mason Black          3rd Round     San Francisco Giants

2021       Matt Svanson        13th Round    Toronto Blue Jays

2019       Levi Stoudt             3rd Round     Seattle Mariners

2019       Jason Reynolds      32nd Round   San Diego Padres

2017       Mark Washington   25th Round    Los Angeles Dodgers

2016       Mike Garzillo          25th Round    Miami Marlins

2015       Mike Garzillo          38th Round    New York Yankees

2015       Justin Pacchioli      10th Round    San Diego Padres

2006       Matt McBride         2nd Round    Cleveland Indians

2002       Jack Lyons*           34th Round    Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals)

1997       Ben Talbott             32nd Round   Anaheim Angels

1989       Dave Norwood      40th Round    Cleveland Indians

1977       Joe Carroll             20th Round    Texas Rangers

1975       Paul Hartzell          10th Round    California Angels

1973       Frank Zawatski      19th Round    San Francisco Giants

1971       Rich Revta              26th Round    Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers)

*Drafted in high school prior to attending Lehigh

Story by

Stephen Gross


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