JACKSON-Former Jackson Liberty High School pitcher Danny Serreino was drafted in the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday by the Cincinnati Reds. Serreino was picked in the 32nd round (954 overall) Reds. Serreino and Rowan University teammate Matt Woods were both drafted this week.
“I am very excited for these two to be drafted to play professional baseball,” head coach Mike Dickson said. “They have worked so hard to reach this point and I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Serreino is one of the best pitchers to come through the Rowan baseball program. He played with the Profs from 2017-19. In three seasons, he amassed 235 strikeouts in 172.2 innings with a .149 opposing batting average and a 14-6 record. Serreino holds the Rowan record for career ERA of 1.98. He also has the top marks in most strikeouts in a contest (16), strikeouts per nine innings (14.81) and fewest hits allowed per nine innings (3.87).
This year, Serreino finished with a 5-4 record and a 2.23 ERA. In 68.1 innings, he totaled 113 strikeouts. He tossed one complete game and had a .176 opposing batting average. Serreino had seven contests where he recorded 10 or more strikeouts. In the NJAC, Serreino was first in opposing batting average, strikeouts and strikeouts looking (36). He ranks fifth in Division III for most strikeouts.
“Serreino was one of best arms we had,” Dickson stated. “He has put in so much effort to get drafted and it paid off. I look forward to watching him pitch in the pros.”
“This is definitely a surreal feeling that I was drafted,” Serreino said. “This is something that I worked for and now that it is here, I’m ready to get back to work.”
The senior was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team and D3baseball.com All-Region second team. He was the NJAC Pitcher of the Week four times and on the All-Conference first team. In 2018, Serreino earned D3baseball.com All-America second team and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-America third team honors. He was chosen the ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year and garnered All-Region and D3baseball.com All-Region first team.