UMass Lowell Athletics
LOWELL, Mass. — Junior pitcher Jack Leathersich has been tabbed a Preseason All-American and the No. 3 Division II prospect for the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by Baseball America. Leathersich aims to become the first UMass Lowell player drafted since Aaron Easton in 2004.
A hard-throwing lefty, Leathersich is one of only two Northeast-10 players named Preseason All-Americans, joined by Franklin Pierce catcher Mike Dowd. Leathersich was tagged a closer, a role he starred in while pitching for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League last summer.
Leathersich is the only NE-10 player listed as a top 10 draft prospect, ranking only behind Carter Capps of Mount Olive (N.C.) and Joe Holtmeyer of Nebraska-Omaha.
During the past two seasons, Leathersich has seen his stock rise at UMass Lowell while collecting NE-10 All-Star First Team and All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman in 2009. The hurler followed with 62 strikeouts in 57 innings as a sophomore.
Leathersich’s accomplishments were augmented by terrific stints with the Haymarket Senators and the Orleans Firebirds during summer league play. With the Senators, Leathersich compiled a 2.19 ERA in 19 appearances while striking out 64 batters in 37 innings to earn recognition as the Top Prospect in the Valley Baseball League.
Pitching for Orleans the following summer, Leathersich dominated what is considered the top league for collegians. The left-hander had a 1.71 ERA, 31 strikeouts and a .209 batting average against in 21 innings pitched.