Matt Svanson headed to Blue Jays in 13th round of MLB Draft

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The 16th player drafted in program history, Lehigh Righty Matt Svanson was voted 392nd by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2021 MLB Draft Tuesday afternoon.

Svanson joins junior right-handed Mason Black (85th, San Francisco Giants) as the two Mountain Hawks drafted this season, bringing Lehigh’s total former active professional ballplayers to five, most of them in the over 135-year history of the program.

The Hawthorn Woods, Illinois native was electric throughout last season and cemented himself as the Patriot League’s most consistent starting pitcher through the end of the year. Svanson set a record of 4-4 with a league-best 2.30 ERA in 12 starts. He knocked out 65 bats, walked 24 in 70.1 innings, and kept bats to an average of .222 strokes.

Along with Black, Svanson received the First Team All-Patriot League awards and was a member of the All-Tournament team. He threw eight innings without allowing a deserved run with four strikeouts when Lehigh stayed alive in Game 2 of the Patriot League Championship Series against Army West Point.

A highlight of his college career, Svanson threw the last three innings of a combined no-hitter against Saint Peter’s in his first season.

Svanson accompanies Lehigh products Mark Washington (Dodgers), Levi Stoudt (Mariners), Jason Reynolds (Padres) and Black (Giants) on their way to the show.

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Lehigh in the MLB draft

year Surname Round – team
1971 Rich Revta 26th Round – Washington Senators
1973 Frank Zawatski 19th round – San Francisco Giants
1975 Paul Hartzell 10th round – California Angels
1977 Joe Carroll 20th Round – Texas Rangers
1989 Dave Norwood 40th Round – Cleveland Indians
1997 Ben Talbott 32nd round – Anaheim Angels
2002 Jack Lyons * 34th round – Montreal Expos
2006 Matt McBride 2nd round – Cleveland Indians
2015 Justin Pacchioli 10th round – San Diego Padres
2015 Mike Garzillo 38th round – New York Yankees
2016 Mike Garzillo 25th round – Miami Marlins
2017 Mark Washington 25th Round – Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Levi Stoudt Round 3 – Seattle Mariners
2019 Jason Reynolds 32nd round – San Diego Padres
2021 Mason Black 3rd round – San Francisco Giants
2021 Matt Svanson 13th round – Toronto Blue Jays

* Designed in high school before visiting Lehigh

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