The Tampa Bay Rays selected Lackawanna College's Chris Kirsch in the fourteenth round of the 2012 Major League Player Draft. It is the fourth consecutive year that a Falcon has been selected in this annual event.
This year Kirsch recorded a 10-1 win/loss record while recording a 1.80 ERA. He allowed only 38 hits in 70 innings; and struck out 101 while relinquishing only 35 walks. In addition to his selection in the amateur draft, his 2012 performance earned him a spot on the Region XIX Division II All Region Team and his choice as the Region's "Player of the Year".
This is the third time that Kirsch has been drafted. In 2010, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates after his graduation from high school, and again last year in his first season with Lackawanna, he was drafted by the Saint Louis Cardinals.
Other Lackawanna players previously drafted were Chris Sedon, a 2009 ninth round selection of the Detroit Tigers, and Dan Winnie, the sixteenth round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2010.