“With the 355th pick of the 2013 first-year player draft, the Toronto Blue Jays select Tim Mayza, right-handed pitcher from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.”
Those were the words of Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball, announcing the results of this June’s MLB draft. Or, they would have been, if Selig had the time to verbally announce 40 rounds’ worth of names spanning three days of drafting.
Regardless of whether or not the aging commissioner announced the pick, Millersville alum Tim Mayza is now a professional baseball player for the Blue Jays minor league system.
Coming off a stellar season as the team’s ace, it was only logical that someone would take a chance on the hard throwing lefty. Mayza’s stat line on the year was awe-inspiring: an 11-5 record, PSAC-East leading 1.55 ERA, five complete games, three shutouts, and 91 strikeouts. As baseball coach Jon Shehan put it, “It was pretty obvious that he would be taken in the June 2013 draft.”
Mayza is the sixth baseball player every to be drafted out of Millersville, and the first since Derek Kline in 2009. Taken in the 12th round, Tim was the highest selection from the ‘Ville since Jim Todd was taken in the 10th round in 1989. Todd has been the only Marauder in the school’s history to play in MLB, though Mayza hopes to change that.
In addition to his impressive numbers on the diamond, Mayza has proven himself to be an extremely hard worker off it, as well. “Tim’s ‘makeup’ is off the charts,” coach Shehan said. “He was an outstanding student…his work ethic trumped everyone on our pitching staff. He is a leader and a competitor.”
Though Mayza encountered some growing pains in his brief first professional stint (1-4, 7.76 ERA), he will likely have little trouble adapting and becoming the pitcher that led the PSAC East in ERA just one year ago. Coach Shehan went so far as to call Tim a “can’t-miss prospect for professional baseball.”
As he continues to work his way up the ranks and though the Blue Jays farm system, many people from around the area will be keeping their eyes on his progress. Former teammates, coaches, family, and sports writers alike are all wishing Mayza the greatest success in his dream of a career in professional baseball.
At the time of publication, Mayza had not yet responded to attempts to contact him.