Joe Velleggia Signs With Orioles, Assigned To BlueField In Appalachian League

June 27, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

June 27, 2010

NORFOLK, VA-- Former ODU catcher Joe Velleggia (Monkton, MD.) who was recently drafted by the Orioles has signed and is with the Bluefield Orioles team in the Appalachian League.

Velleggia was selected in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 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.