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Velleggia Selected By The Orioles In MLB Draft

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: June 09, 2010
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June 9, 2010

NORFOLK, VA-- Old Dominion University red-shirt junior catcher Joe Velleggia (Monkton, MD.) has been selected in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles in today's MLB draft.

The 6-6, 250-pound catcher hit six homers this year with a .211 batting average and 12 RBI. During the season, Velleggia hit a three-run homer in one game and two homers in another against Rutgers.

Velleggia hit a two-run game winning homer in the tenth inning in ODU's 15-14 win at Hofstra. Last year, he was selected in the 42nd round by the Orioles.

Two Monarch recruits for the 2011 season were also selected in the draft. 6-6 righthander Cody Cox of Grassfield High school in Chesapeake, Va. was selected in the 21st round by the Chicago Cubs. 6-3 righthander/infielder Ben Verlander from Goochland (Va.) High School ws selected in the 46th round by Detroit.


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