March 14, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. - Former Saint Joseph's baseball player David Valesente has signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The 2010 graduate is the fourth student-athlete to play under head coach Fritz Hamburg at Saint Joseph's before going on to sign with a major league club.
Valesente joins pitchers Randy Mower '10 (Washington Nationals), A.J. Holland '12 (Atlanta Braves), and Ryan Kemp '12 (Cincinnati Reds) on the list of recent Hawks to sign professional contracts with major league organizations. Mower signed with the Nationals organization as a free agent in 2010, while Kemp and Holland were drafted in the 14th and 16th rounds, respectively, of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Originally hailing from Ithaca, New York, Valesente graduated with a .323 career batting average over his four-year career, starting 170 of the 179 games he played in the Crimson and Gray. He currently ranks fifth on the all-time hit list with 216 career hits. He spent the 2011 season playing for the Alpine Cowboys of the independent Pecos League.
The former Hawk infielder will work out with the organization during spring training and then will be assigned to a specific club to begin the regular season.