(SAUGET, Ill.) – Former Walsh All-American Ryan McSweeney will play professional baseball after he was drafted by the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League Draft on Tuesday evening in Florence, Kentucky. McSweeney was selected No. 3 overall after the Grizzlies traded the No. 1 pick to the Traverse City Beach Bums.
McSweeney served as the Cavaliers' closer last season and was second in the GLIAC with nine saves. He sponsored a 0.91 ERA in 29.2 innings over 17 appearances. Despite being a reliever, he racked up 31 strikeouts for an average of 9.4 per nine innings. He was the deciding pitcher in five games last season with a 4-1 record.
He becomes the second Cavalier to play professional baseball after Brook Clark signed to play with the Traverse City Beach Bums last season.
Gateway has been a member of the Frontier League since the team's inception in 2001. The league is the oldest current running independent league. The Grizzlies have gone on to send more than 30 players to MLB affiliates over the years.
The Grizzlies will start their season on Tuesday, May 1, against the Southern Illinois Miners.