Lou Trivino, a Slippery Rock University business manager from Green Lane and a pitcher on the SRU baseball team, was picked in the 11th round by the Oakland Athletics as part of the 2013 amateur baseball draft.
Trivino was selected Saturday as the 341st player chosen in this year’s draft. He is the first Rock baseball player drafted since catcher-first baseman Matt Adams was selected in the 23rd round (699th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 draft. Adams is now a member of the Cardinals’ Major League Baseball team.
Trivino was the second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference player selected in this year’s draft, behind Mansfield University pitcher Nick Keener, the 10th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Trivino has one collegiate season of eligibility remaining, but is expected to quickly sign a professional contract.
He is expected to start his pro career as a member of the Athletics’ rookie-league team in Arizona, but the right-hander could be assigned to the Burlington-based Vermont Lake Monsters, Oakland’s short-season Class A, New York-Penn League team, or the Beloit Snappers, Oakland’s long-season Class A, Midwest League team based in Wisconsin.
As a member of The Rock last spring, Trivino compiled a 7-5 win-loss record with a 1.83 earned run average and set SRU single-season (92) and career (227) strikeout records. He pitched eight complete games, one no-hit shutout and five total shutouts in 12 starts as a junior and led the PSAC in opposing hitters’ batting average (.193) while ranking second in ERA and third in strikeouts
Those numbers earned Trivino first-team Daktronics, Inc., All-Atlantic Region, second-team American Baseball Coaches Association all-region, honorable mention National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association all-region and second-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors in 2013.
He was a first-team NCBWA and Daktronics all-region, first-team All-PSAC-West and honorable mention NCBWA All-America selection as a sophomore in 2012 after he completed an 8-3 record with a 1.78 ERA. He earned second-team All-PSAC-West and honorable mention NCBWA all-region honors as a freshman in 2011.
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