Saint Joseph's hurler Jordan DiValerio inks deal with Red Sox

Jordan DiValerio of Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's right-handed hurler Jordan DiValerio inked a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the program announced.

DiValerio spent the last two seasons as a starter for the Hawks and was widely considered one of the top college arms in the region. He led the Saint Joseph's staff in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched in 2019. He had a 2.38 ERA over four starts in 2020 before the COVID pandemic halted play. His 33 strikeouts was tied for the highest mark in the Atlantic 10.

"We are very excited for Jordan," head coach Fritz Hamburg said in a statement. "A great day for him and for the program. Jordan is the guy who came to us with talent but needed that opportunity to work hard, grow, and learn his craft. To his credit, he worked very hard in all three areas. He turned himself into a very good pitcher. I thought we were lucky to have him back for this season, and I'm glad we did. He pitched so well in the short season, getting decisions in our victories over Ohio State and Coastal Carolina. Those are very big wins. Our kids played so well behind him because they knew that Jordan had done everything to be prepared to help us win! That's the biggest compliment a player can get from their teammates and Jordan earned that over the course of his career on Hawk Hill."

DiValerio leaves Saint Joseph's with a career 3.97 ERA over 40 appearances, including 23 starts. He joins pitcher Tim Brennan (Texas Rangers, 2018) and catcher Deon Stafford, Jr. (Pittsburgh Pirates, 2017) as recent products of SJU to join a Major League organization.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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