Coastal Carolina

First Coastal Carolina player taken in the 2019 MLB Draft. Here’s where he’s going

One Chanticleer is off the board.

The Kansas City Royals selected Coastal Carolina left-handed pitcher Anthony Veneziano with the third pick of the 10th round (279th overall) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

Veneziano said Wednesday he will be signing and expects to receive a signing bonus of approximately $125,000. He said he will leave for a two-week rookie mini-camp in Arizona on Friday.

“Now’s the time to go and start my professional career,” Veneziano said. “It’s awesome. I knew coming in I was going to get drafted in the second day I just didn’t know what round, but being drafted in the 10th round is a great opportunity.”

Veneziano, a junior this past season, went 5-3 with a 4.73 ERA while striking out 85 batters in 78 innings in 2018-19, and opponents batted .259 against him. His fastball velocity was in the low 90s to mid-90s late in the season and he also throws a two-seam fastball, slider and changeup.

The Hackettstown, N.J., native, who is 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, appeared in 21 games this past season with 14 starts, returning to the starting rotation in mid-March for Coastal’s push to the Sun Belt Conference Championship title and berth in the NCAA Atlanta Regional.

In his CCU career, Veneziano is 14-6 with a 5.09 ERA over 49 appearances, including 35 starts. He has totaled 187 strikeouts and 89 walks over 176 2/3 innings and has held opponents to a .258 batting average.

Veneziano is the 31st Coastal player to be selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft in program history. The Chants have had at least one player selected every year since 1997 and a player chosen in the first 10 rounds for the 12th consecutive year dating back to 2008.

“I learned a lot and had a lot of really good experiences,” Veneziano said of his three years at CCU. “I’m happy I chose to go to school at Coastal because it helped me improve as a person and player.”

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Alan Blondin covers golf, Coastal Carolina athletics and numerous other sports-related topics that warrant coverage. Well-versed in all things Myrtle Beach, Horry County and the Grand Strand, the Northeastern University journalism school valedictorian has been a sports reporter at The Sun News since 1993, earning eight top-10 Associated Press Sports Editors national writing awards and 18 top-three S.C. Press Association writing awards since 2007.