July 19, 2010
VIERA, Fla. - Former Saint Joseph's lefthander Randy Mower recently signed a free agent contract with Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. Mower was assigned to the squad's Gulf Coast League squad in Viera, Florida, and appeared in his first game for the GCL Nationals on July 8.
"Getting signed by the Nationals is a dream come true, and I would not have had this opportunity without Saint Joseph's baseball," Mower said. "Playing at SJU was a great experience for me and allowed me to improve my skills and learn the game of baseball. I would like to thanks Coaches [SJU head coach Fritz] Hamburg, [assistant coach Jake] Gill, and [assistant coach Greg] Manco for putting me in a great position to succeed."
"We are very excited that Randy has been afforded this opportunity by the Nationals," Hamburg said. "His work ethic and dedication to this program will always be a motivational point for our current players to work towards.
"The fact that Randy did not miss a scheduled start in his collegiate career really embodies how he went about his business. We wish him all the best in his endeavors to fulfill his dream of pitching in the Major Leagues."
Mower joined the Hawk rotation right out of the chute as a freshman and made 56 starts in his career and pitched 305.2 innings, both Saint Joseph's records. He finished his run on Hawk Hill with 18 wins, one shy of tying the school record.
He enjoyed his best season as a sophomore in 2008, posting a 7-5 record with a 4.45 earned run average. He twirled a pair of complete games, including a 3-0 shutout win over Temple on March 29, and threw the first two innings of SJU's combined no-hitter against Saint Peter's on March 16.
Hamburg had three players drafted by Major League teams during his tenure as an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy: catcher Schuyler Williamson (26th round, 2005), pitcher Nick Hill (seventh round in 2007), and pitcher Milan Dinga (10th round, 2007). Mower is the first Hawk to play under Hamburg and go on to sign a professional contract with a major league team.
The last SJU player to play professionally was Ryan Stadanlick. He was selected in the 10th round in 2005 and spent three years in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Jason Hessler was drafted in the 31st round in 2007 by the Cleveland Indians but did not sign.