Warren Hills graduate and Coastal Carolina junior pitcher Anthony Veneziano was drafted in the 10th round by the Kansas City Royals on day two of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, June 4.
Taken as the number 289th pick overall, Veneziano was 5-3 with a 4.73 ERA on the mound for the Chants in 2019, starting 14 games and appearing in 21 contests. He struck out 85 batters in 78.0 innings and held the opponents to a .259 batting average on the season.
Veneziano, who stands at 6-5 and 205 pounds, proved to be one of the Chants’ best pitchers down the stretch of the season after returning to the starting rotation in mid-March.
For his career at Coastal, Veneziano is 14-6 overall with a 5.09 ERA over 49 appearances, including 35 starts. He has totaled 187 strikeouts compared to just 89 walks over 176.2 innings of work and has held opponents to a .258 batting average overall.
The tall left-handed hurler is 90-94 with his fastball and also throws a 2-seam fastball, a slider, and a changeup.
Veneziano, who is the first Chanticleer to be drafted in this year’s first-year player draft, becomes the 31st Chant to be selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft in the program’s history.
While at Warren Hills, Veneziano was named to the LehighValleyLive.com All-Area baseball team, posted an 0.74 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 47.1 innings, only walked 18 batters on the year, also had a .388 batting average with 12 stolen bases, threw nine no-hit innings with 16 strikeouts versus Sparta (did not get the win but Warren Hills beat Sparta 1-0 in 11 innings), named to the first-team Skyland Conference Coaches All-Valley team as a junior, selected to play in the 2015 Garden State Underclassman Games for the “Northwest” team, was 3-5 with a 3.25 ERA his junior season, averaged more than a strikeout an inning, notching 53 punch-outs in 47.1 innings, was on the “sophomores to watch list” for the MSGVarsity.com in 2014, scored 1,000 points for his basketball team and led the Blue Streaks to a NJSIAA North 2 Group 3 sectional title.