UMass' Matt Gedman Drafted By Red Sox
June 8, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass infielder Matt Gedman was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon. Gedman, who recently completed a stellar senior season with the Minutemen, was taken with the 21st pick of the 45th round, 1,372nd overall.
"It means so much to me to have an opportunity to keep playing baseball and for it to be from the Red Sox makes it extra special," said Gedman. "There are a lot of people over the years who have helped make this possible-my family, coaches, teammates and friends-I am grateful for all of them."
Since 1965, Gedman is the 54th player from UMass to have his name called in the draft, the 35th of head coach Mike Stone's 24-year tenure with the Minutemen. It marks the third straight year that a UMass player has been drafted as Nick Serino and Mitchell Clegg were taken by the Washington Nationals in 2010 and 2009, respectively.
Gedman follows in the footsteps of his father, former major leaguer Rich Gedman, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in 1977 and went on to play 11 seasons with Boston, which included catching Roger Clemens' 20-strikeout game in 1986. The two-time American League All-Star returned to the Red Sox organization this spring and is now with the Lowell Spinners, the team's single-A short season affiliate, serving as the Spinners' batting coach.
Matt Gedman was drafted as a second baseman, but primarily played shortstop and third in his career at UMass. Last week he was the starting third baseman in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star game, played in Lowell's LeLacheur Park, after being named a first team All-Star. He is the fourth Minuteman in history to be drafted by the Red Sox, joining Jason Twomley (2005), Brian Bright (1991) and Brian Conroy (1989).
Gedman was also selected to the Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference First Team this season and finished his career with the Minutemen leading the A-10 with a .402 batting average this spring. He became just the second UMass player to win the league batting title, joining Justin Howard hit an Atlantic 10-best .394 in 1993.
Gedman played and started 45 of UMass' 47 games in 2001 and posted the second-highest hits total in school history for a single season, going 76-for-189 at the plate, while ranking fifth all-time in single season batting average. He paced the Minutemen with 43 runs scored and recorded 32 RBI, 11 doubles, three triples and five home runs. The lefty boasted a team-best 108 total bases, contributing to a .571 slugging percentage and logged a .440 on base percentage, as well.
In the most recent NCAA statistics report, Gedman ranked 16th nationally for batting average and was among the top-40 hitters toughest to strike out, fanning only 13 times in 189 at bats in 2011.
Starting all of UMass' 24 conference games, Gedman hit .343 (35-for-102) in Atlantic 10 play with 25 runs scored, four doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI. Gedman was selected as the UMass Athlete of the Week back on Mar. 21 after helping the Minutemen to a 3-3 week at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. Over that six-game stretch, Gedman batted .500, going 15-for-30, with four multi-hit games, eight RBI, five runs scored and three doubles.
Gedman registered a team-leading 25 multi-hit games this season, including two five-hit contests that set a career high. He was second on the squad with nine multi-RBI games and posted the program's longest hitting streak in 10 years, 18 games, which tied for third-longest in the Atlantic 10 this season.
In 142 career games over four years with UMass, Gedman hit .334 (179-for-536) with 33 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 94 RBI and 99 runs scored.