Watt Selected by Boston Red Sox in 2015 MLB Draft

Watt Selected by Boston Red Sox in 2015 MLB Draft

NEW YORK – Lynn University's Max Watt had a dream of being selected in the Major League Baseball draft and now that dream has become a reality.  The Fighting Knights starting pitcher was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 6th pick of the 22nd round (651st overall) in the 2015 MLB Draft on Wednesday afternoon.  He becomes the sixth player selected from Lynn in the last seven years and eighth since 2003.

"I am forever grateful to Coach [Rudy] Garbalosa and Coach [Donovan] O'Dowd for giving me the opportunity to play baseball and learn about life at Lynn University," said Watt.  "I want to thank my teammates, coaches and everyone in the athletic department for making this year the most special year of my life. Without the people I have met at Lynn, from our first team meeting, our regional in West Alabama and to present day, this would not have been possible and I will always appreciate being a Fighting Knight."

A 6-foot-9 right-handed hurler, Watt went 5-2 with a 3.50 earned run average and 85 strikeouts in only 69.1 innings of work and ranked in the top-10 of the Sunshine State Conference in strikeouts (2nd) and ERA (9th).  The Babylon, N.Y., native's fastball was clocked as high as 98 miles per hour and he logged two games with double-digit strikeouts and six with eight or more K's.

Watt was honored as a Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference and Daktronics All-South Region selection and helped lead the Blue & White to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and fifth overall.

"Max came to Lynn focused and with a clear idea of where he wanted his career path to lead him.  His hard work paid off and we are extremely happy for him," said head coach Rudy Garbalosa.  "It is great to see a young man have goals and work tirelessly to achieve those goals. We look forward to seeing him excel at the next level."

Watt is the first pitcher drafted from Lynn since Ryan Gibbard was selected in the 14th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012 and fifth overall.  Joining the fireballer off the bump is Nolan Mulligan (2007, Philadelphia Phillies – 26th round), Tommy Kahnle (2010, New York Yankees – 5th round), Andrew Virgili (2011, Chicago White Sox – 11th round) and Gibbard.  Positional players picked were Beau McMillan (2003, Florida Marlins – 39th round), Gabe MacDougall (2009, Kansas City Royals – 27th round) and Sal Giardina, Jr., (2014, Atlanta Braves – 31st round).

Kahnle became the first Fighting Knight to reach the 'Show' when he made his debut April 3, 2014 for the Colorado Rockies against the Miami Marlins.  Giardina is currently playing for the Brave's Class A advanced affiliate team, the Carolina Mudcats.

Lynn went 35-15-1 overall and made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance where it earned the No. 5 seed.  The Fighting Knights graduates 11 players, including All-SSC and All-South Region performers Travis Connolly and Alex DeBellis.

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