June 11, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior right-handed hurler Steven Mazur and senior catcher Will Harford were each selected on the third and final day of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Mazur was chosen with the third pick of the 33rd round or the 988th overall by the Baltimore Orioles, while Harford was chosen with the 12th pick of the 45th round or the 1,357th overall by the Cincinnati Reds. The Irish also had a pair of incoming recruits selected on day three. Right-handed pitcher Dan Slania was the 29th pick of the 42nd round or the 1,283rd pick overall by the Boston Red Sox, while third baseman Eric Jagielo was the 15th pick of the 50th and final round or the 1,510th overall by the Chicago Cubs. Former baseball player and All-American wide receiver Golden Tate was even drafted with the 23rd pick of the 50th and final round or the 1,518th overall by the San Francisco Giants.
Mazur (Round Rock, Texas) went 1-2 with a 4.44 earned run average in 21 relief appearances this past spring. He allowed 22 hits and struck out 29 in 26.1 innings of work. Opponents batted .229 against Mazur. He registered a team-best seven saves. Mazur’s seven saves ranked as the ninth-most in single-season Irish history. He picked up a victory against Seton Hall on April 16. Mazur tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He fanned four and walked one.
Mazur pitched in 62 career games for the Irish out of the bullpen. He finished a career record of 4-4 and a 6.42 earned run average. He yielded 80 hits in 74.1 innings of work as foes batted .279. He also recorded 77 career strikeouts. Mazur finished with nine career saves, which ranked ninth all-time in school history.
Harford (Chicago, Ill.) played in 16 career games, including two starts at first base in 2010. He scored two runs and registered his only career hit this season against Michigan State. Harford’s father, Bill, is a scout for the Chicago Cubs.
Tate (Hendersonville, Tenn.) did not play baseball this past spring. Instead, the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the second round after declaring early for the 2010 NFL Draft. Tate did earn a pair of monograms on the diamond for the Irish in 2008 and 2009. He played in 73 career games and started 63. Tate batted .318 in his career with 51 runs scored, 11 doubles, four triples, one home run, 25 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
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