Yet another Wagner College student has joined the ranks of professional athlete. Senior Jon Lucas became the eighth former Wagner student-athlete in the last six years to sign a professional contract with a Major League Baseball team when he signed a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent Sunday, according to the college. Lucas hopes to gain similar notoriety as that of former Seahawks pitcher Andrew Bailey, who won MLB Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 with the Oakland Athletics.
Lucas was a pitcher and designated hitter for Wagner College, but will serve as a pitcher with the Blue Jays. Head coach Joe Litterio named Lucas as the team’s 2011 Team MVP. In his final three games this season, he pitched 22.1 innings, striking out 22, walking just two and recording a 0.81 ERA. For the season, he led the Seahawks in ERA, innings and strikeouts.
Lucas is expected to start his Major League Baseball career with either the GCL Blue Jays, Bluefield Blue Jays or Vancouver Canadians.