Tunkhannock grad Rich Condeelis picked in MLB draft

The Minnesota Twins drafted Tunkhannock graduate and current University of Pittsburgh relief pitcher Rich Condeelis in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday.

Condeelis pitched at Lackawanna College in Scranton last year.

This is the second straight year that a player from Tunkhannock’s 2011 state Class AAA finalists was drafted. Mike Papi was picked in the second round by Cleveland last year and is currently playing in the Indians farm system.

Condeelis went 0-2 with two saves and a 4.37 earned run average with the Panthers. He struck out 28 in 22 2/3 innings over 20 appearances.

Condeelis made it a total of three players with Scranton connections selected in this year’s draft.

Brothers Joe and Jake McCarthy were picked consecutive days. Joe, a Scranton graduate and Virginia player, went in the fifth round Tuesday to the Tampa Bay Rays. Jake, a Scranton senior and Virginia recruit, was selected in the 23rd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday.

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