Former Barton Community College baseball player Federico Castagnini was picked up the by Baltimore Orioles on Saturday in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.
Selected as the 909th pick in the 30th round, Castagnini recently completed his junior year at Creighton University.
In Castagnini’s sophomore year at Barton, he received honorable mention All-America status in NJCAA Division-I Baseball. The national award added to Castagnini’s post season accolades as he also received first team All-Region VI and All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors.
During his sophomore campaign, Castagnini led the 2012 Cougars with six home runs, 16 doubles and 67 RBI. The shortstop from Verona, Italy, batted .361 on the season, getting 75 hits with a .563 slugging percentage.
Signing with Creighton, Castagnini was also 12-for-12 in stolen bases, scored 61 runs and finished with four triples.
Moving to play third base at Creighton, Castagnini made an impact in his first season with the Blue Jays.
Finishing fourth on the team with a .320 batting average and ranking second in the NCAA Division-I sacrifices, Castagnini was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week and earned All-MVC honorable mention honors.
Castagnini is currently playing summer ball in the Northwoods League for the Green Bay Bullfrogs.