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O's draft pitcher after record 10-save season

O's draft pitcher after record 10-save season

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O's draft pitcher after record 10-save season

Saint Joseph's Jimmy Yacabonis set a single-season program record for saves this year, and the junior closer will now have a chance to sign a professional baseball contract, as the Orioles selected him with their 13th-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander went 1-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 10 saves in 26 appearances out of the bullpen. He struck out 48 batters and walked 21 in 35 2/3 innings pitched.

Yacabonis did not allow a home run in 126 at-bats, and opponents hit just .183 off him. The closer was named to the All-Big 5 Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team.

He grew up in Matawan, N.J., and attended Christian Brothers Academy High School. His grandfather played baseball professionally in Cuba.

Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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