SAINT LEO, Fla. –Saint Leo senior left-handed pitcher Rick Teasley became the second Lions player taken in day three of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon.
Just three rounds following the Seattle Mariners' selection of catcher Daniel Torres, the Tampa Bay Rays picked Teasley with their 23rd round pick.
"It still feels surreal," Teasley said. "All I've ever wanted was to get this chance, and the fact that it just happened hasn't sunk in yet. I just can't wait to get on a plane and pitch."
Teasley has been the ace of the Saint Leo pitching staff for the past two seasons after joining the Lions in his sophomore season by way of Northwood University. This season Teasley finished with a team-high 86.2 innings pitched with an ERA of 3.63.
Teasley, a native of Port St. Lucie, Fla., tallied a team-high 73 strikeouts en route to being named a Sunshine State Conference Honorable Mention selection.
Teasley and Torres are the first two draft picks for Saint Leo since 2008.
Thanks to the Rays organization for giving me this chance, and thanks to everyone for the love today. Biggest day of my life. #RaysBaseball— Rick Teasley (@ItAintEasy37) June 8, 2013