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ALUMNI REPORT: Giants draft Black

PHOTO CREDIT: Hanahally Photographer/Lehigh University

Valley View graduate Mason Black became the second-highest player selected in the history of the Lehigh University baseball program when the San Francisco Giants picked him 85th overall, late in the third round of Monday’s Major League Baseball Draft.

Black just completed his third season at Lehigh as the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings First Team, All-East pick. With his high-prospect status for the draft, however, Lehigh is not expecting him back, anticipating a signing with the Giants.

Lehigh has had just 18 players selected in the MLB Draft.

The first of those players was Dunmore’s Rich Revta in 1971.

Black, a 6-foot-3, right-handed pitcher was 7-3 with a 3.11 earned run average in 11 starts in the 2021 season when he helped the Engineers to the Patriot League championship series.

Matt McBride, in the second round by the Cleveland Indians in 2006, is the only Lehigh player ever selected higher than Black.


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