June 13, 2013
SURPRISE, Ariz. – After a standout junior season, Lamar baseball standout Jonathan Dziedzic has elected to join the Kansas City Royals organization after getting picked in the 13th round during this past weekend’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play professional baseball,” said Dziedzic from the Royals’ Arizona training facility. “I’m thankful to Coach Gilligan, the Lamar staff and the other coaches I’ve had for helping me prepare for a move to the next level. I’m looking forward to moving on with the Royals now, and I’m going to work my hardest to make it to the big leagues.”
Dziedzic, who ranks as the Lamar’s all-time strikeout leader, will participate in a mini-camp along with other draft picks before heading out on his first year minor league assignment, most likely with the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League. If he is indeed sent to Idaho Falls, the southpaw out of Humble will be the second Card to ply his trade at the organization, joining Jeff Kennedy, who played there after selection by the California Angels in 1981.
The Humble native ended his career in unique fashion, coming up one out shy of a no-hitter to lead Lamar to a 3-1 victory to dismiss Southland champ Sam Houston State from the conference tournament. He finished the year with 106 strikeouts this season, ranking as the only pitcher in school history to post two 100+ K seasons and finishing with 317 for his career.
Dziedzic is the fourth Cardinal ever to be drafted by the Royals and the first since former Major Leaguer Brian Sanches in 1999.
Darian Johnson was also drafted last week, and he’s expected to join the Chicago White Sox organization in due course.