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37th Round Pick - Justin Viele - SS - Santa Clara U (CA)


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Four-year Santa Clara starting shortstop Justin Viele will get a chance to continue playing baseball as he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 1,119th overall pick in the 37th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. He joins former teammate Lucas Herbst who was drafted by Baltimore in 2012 in the 26th round.

"This is one of the best feelings in the world," said Viele. "I talked to an Orioles scout last week so I knew they had some interest in me. I'm so fired up."

"I'm excited for Justin and proud of him for the work he put in to earn this opportunity," said Bronco head coach Dan O'Brien. "He's everything you can ask for in a ballplayer. He's a fierce competitor, a tireless worker, a loyal teammate and a flat-out winner. Ballplayers like Justin deserve to play this timeless game forever."

Viele was one of two Broncos to start all 53 games in 2013. He finished his career with 158 consecutive starts, dating back to his freshman year. Viele batted .248 (52-210) but led the team in walks (28) and hit-by-pitch (11) to put his OBP at .364. Viele also paced the team with 32 runs scored and added nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 17 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts, all while providing sparkling defense at one of the most demanding positions on the field, shortstop.

http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/sports/m-basebl/2012-13/releases/20130608xidwfs

Signed today. Could be heading to Aberdeen.

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Four-year Santa Clara starting shortstop Justin Viele will get a chance to continue playing baseball as he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 1,119th overall pick in the 37th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. He joins former teammate Lucas Herbst who was drafted by Baltimore in 2012 in the 26th round.

"This is one of the best feelings in the world," said Viele. "I talked to an Orioles scout last week so I knew they had some interest in me. I'm so fired up."

"I'm excited for Justin and proud of him for the work he put in to earn this opportunity," said Bronco head coach Dan O'Brien. "He's everything you can ask for in a ballplayer. He's a fierce competitor, a tireless worker, a loyal teammate and a flat-out winner. Ballplayers like Justin deserve to play this timeless game forever."

Viele was one of two Broncos to start all 53 games in 2013. He finished his career with 158 consecutive starts, dating back to his freshman year. Viele batted .248 (52-210) but led the team in walks (28) and hit-by-pitch (11) to put his OBP at .364. Viele also paced the team with 32 runs scored and added nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 17 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts, all while providing sparkling defense at one of the most demanding positions on the field, shortstop.

http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/sports/m-basebl/2012-13/releases/20130608xidwfs

Signed today. Could be heading to Aberdeen.

Sounds like a guy that could have a career in coaching/managing if he can't make it in the bigs.

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