San Francisco Giants take Mason Black 85th overall in MLB Draft
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Only the 18th player in the history of the Lehigh baseball program to be picked up by a major league franchise and the 15th player to be drafted, junior right-handed Mason Black was picked in the third round, voted No. 85 overall from the San Francisco Giants in the 2021 MLB draft on Monday afternoon.
Black is the second highest drafted player in program history and the highest drafted pitcher.
He was fantastic in his third season with the Mountain Hawks, going 7-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 13 starts. Black hit 95 clubs, went 31 and kept the clubs to a batting average of 0.235. His 95 strikeouts are a single-season program record that broke the 1960 Lehigh Athletics Hall of Famer Craig Anderson record. He beat 10 or more batter in six games with four full games and two shutouts to end the regular season.
Black was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, a First Team All-Patriot League selection, and an ABCA / Rawlings First Team All-East Region selection for his accomplishments. He is Lehigh’s second Pitcher of the Year winner in program history and the first since Dave Cerminaro in 2002.
After signing his contract in the coming days, Black will have completed his historic, successful Lehigh career with an 11-5 record, 3.53 ERA with 152 strikeouts and 51 walks over 127.1 innings, and batter averaging 0.236 hold.
Black joins current minor league pitchers and Lehigh alumni Mark Washington (Dodgers), Levi Stoudt (Mariners) and Jason Reynolds (Padres) 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|
* Designed in high school before visiting Lehigh