June 6, 2012
WASHINGTON - For the second-straight year, the Georgetown baseball team had two players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, with junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) being selected by the Kansas Royals in the latter stages of Tuesday's second day.
Leeson joins redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur), who was selected in the 20th round earlier in the day by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Garza and Leeson helped lead the Hoyas finished the 2012 season with a 24-29 overall record and a 10-17 mark in the BIG EAST. Georgetown tied for eighth place in the league and missed out on an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament by percentage points. The team's 24 overall wins and 10 league wins were the most for the program since 2006.
Leeson was the fifth pick of the 39th round and the 1,183rd selection overall.
He had spoken to several teams in the days leading up to the draft but had not received a phone call prior to his selection and was sitting in the office of assistant coach Grant Achilles alongside fellow rising senior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) when they saw his name pop up on the MLB website.
"I had an idea I was going to get selected, but I didn't know when and it was pretty neat to see my name up on the board," Leeson said from the phone as he drove to his home near Philadelphia. "When we saw my name pop up, we started jumping up and down like little school girls. It's really a dream come true and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Leeson was an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection this year. He earned all-league honors after finishing second on the team in batting with a .325 average, while leading the team with 40 runs scored, eight triples and 18 stolen bases. He was second on the team in hits (40) and second in total bases (93).
Leeson was en route to Massachusetts, where he will be playing with the Harwich Mariners of the famed Cape Cod Baseball League.
"I'll see what happens and how it can work out (as far as signing )," Leeson said. "I'm excited for the opportunity with the Royals, but my focus right now is going to the Cape. Playing up there is something I've always dreamed of."
He joined Garza as the second of two Hoya draftees. Garza was selected in the 20th round - the 27th pick of the round and the 635th overall - by the Brewers. A preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Garza finished the season batting .393, which led the Hoyas and ranked second in the BIG EAST. He led the team in hits (86), at-bats (219), doubles (21), home runs (8), runs batted in (44) and total bases (135). In addition, he was second in the BIG EAST in slugging percentage (.616) and ninth in the league in on-base percentage (.433).