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GHTBL Players Jack Patterson and Zac Susi Selected in 2018 MLB Draft

By GHTBL, 06/09/18, 3:15PM EDT

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Patterson and Susi are the 317th and 318th GHTBL players to go on to play professional baseball in our league's history.

Jack Patterson (Suffield, Conn.) - currently pitching for the Vernon Orioles selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 32nd round (968th overall)
High School: Suffield Academy

College: Bryant - After going 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA as a true freshman in 2014, Patterson missed most of 2015 and all of 2016 before returning to the diamond in 2016. What has followed is one of the most impressive two-year runs for a left-handed pitcher in program history.

Patterson went 4-0 with three saves and a 2.90 ERA as a redshirt junior before cementing himself as the best left-handed power pitcher in program history this spring. He became just the second pitcher in program history to strikeout 100+ batters in a single season and allowed just 75 hits in 82 innings on his way to Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. This spring, he recorded six quality starts, threw Bryant's first nine-inning complete-game shutout since 2014 and struck out 10+ batters on four occasions.

Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) - former catcher for Rainbow Graphics franchise selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 12th round (354th overall).
High School: Southington High
College: University of Connecticut - 
Susi, 21, has been a three-year starter at UConn since graduating Southington High in 2015, where the left-handed slugger was a two-time All-State backstop. He has been UConn’s primary catcher the last three seasons. He started 41 games as a freshman. As a sophomore, he hit .286 and started 56 games and was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.

In 2017, Zac played 57 games and started 56 behind the plate as the Huskies primary catcher…Hit .286 on the year and was second on the team with 61 hits…Had nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and was second on the team with 40 RBIs…Led the team with 27 walks and had a .362 on base percentage…Team-leading 15 RBIs in the seventh inning or later…Threw out 15 base runners attempting to steal…Second on the team with 18 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI contests…Had a season-best 10 game hit streak from (3/26-4/11)…In the season opener hit his first career triple and home run to lift the Huskies to a win vs. UMass Lowell (2/17)…Went 2-for-4 with four RBIs vs. St. Joseph’s (3/5)…Three-hit night at Santa Clara (3/14)…Had a career-high five RBIs, including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth at BYU (3/17)…Go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to lead UConn to a 2-1 win at Seton Hall (3/24)….At No. 16 ECU (4/1) hit go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning…Went 7-for-13 at the plate against Memphis with a double, home run and five RBIs to help Huskies sweep the Tigers…Won Amerian Athletic Conference Play of the Week after weekend vs. Memphis (4/10)…Recorded a three-hit effort in a victory against Cincinnati (4/29)…Walked off the Huskies vs. No.23 USF with a 10th inning RBI single…Went 3-for-4 with an RBI against ECU (5/18) at Dunkin Donuts Park.

Zac earned All-Star status with the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League…Played in 23 games and hit .276 with 20 hits, three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs and scored 12 runs…Hit two home runs and drove in a pair at Harwich (7/27)…Had a three-hit performance vs. Cotuit (7/8)…Homered at Chatham (6/27).