BUFFALO, NY - (UB Press Release) After a two-season stretch that was among the best in program history, senior centerfielder Jason Kanzler was selected in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday afternoon, with the 590th overall pick. This marks the first time since the reinstatement of the program that the team saw players drafted in back-to-back drafts, following Tom Murphy's selection in the 2012 draft.
A career .321 hitter while playing in 160 games for the Bulls, Kanzler has firmly planted his name on nearly every major statistical category, be it for a single season or a career. That hit a high point in 2013, when Kanzler was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year after batting .330 with 12 home runs, 53 runs batted in, and numerous other marks that put him in the top ten in nine different offensive categories. Notably, he now owns single-season records for at bats (227), games played (57), and runs batted in (53).
The Penfield, NY native exploded on to the national scene as a junior and made the All-MAC second team after batting .345 with 13 doubles, five triples, and eight home runs. Know also for his defensive prowess in center field, he posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 2012 and made the nine-member ABCA's Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
He carried his junior year success into a successful summer league season in the prestigious Coastal Plains League, making the CPL All-Star game while batting .305 with eight home runs, 31 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases for the Edenton Steamers.
Kanzler will likely be assigned to one of Minnesota's three rookie minor league affiliates after siging. The teams are the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League, the Gulf Coast League Twins, and the Dominican Summer League Twins.