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USF Baseball 1B Joe Genord Selected By New York Mets in Ninth Round of MLB Draft

Joey Bats heading to the Big Apple (Port St. Lucie).

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USF baseball senior first baseman Joe Genord was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round—268th overall— of the 2019 MLB Draft today.

USF has had at least one player drafted in 20 consecutive seasons, and has had one player picked in the first ten rounds in five-straight seasons.

Genord was part of that special 2015 recruiting class put together by former head coach Mark Kingston, and current head coach Billy Mohl who helped turn the baseball program around and help reach a NCAA regional in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018.

The Lake Worth native started 197 of the 204 career games as a Bull and complied a .291 batting average, 43 doubles, 44 home runs, and 164 RBIs in those games.

Genord finishes his USF career third all-time in home runs (44) and his 16 home runs in 2018 are the seventh-most homers in a single season at USF.

Perhaps the biggest indicator of the progress he showed from his freshman year to senior year was his strikeout-to-walk ratio. He struck out 40 times and walked just nine times in 2016, and he had a 1:1 K/BB ratio in 2019 with 33 strikeout and walks apiece.

He earned a first-team all-AAC selection in 2019 after batting .333/.446/.618 with 13 HR and 52 RBI. He was a second-team pick in 2018.

Joe will always be remember for taking the soul of ECU in 2018.

Congratuations Joey Bats.