NEW YORK – Columbia senior Alex Black has been selected in the 29th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft Saturday by the Kansas City Royals.

Black, drafted as a right-handed pitcher, becomes the 17th player in Columbia baseball history to be drafted since the inception of the amateur draft in 1965.

A two-time All-Ivy League second team selection as a first baseman, Black has been a two-way player since joining the Lions as a freshman, appearing in 20 games over his career. As a senior he appeared in 13 games, throwing 16.1 innings. His 2.76 ERA was the second-lowest among all Columbia relievers, while his five saves tied a single-season program record.

Black capped the Lions’ historic 2013 season by notching his fifth save in Columbia’s 6-5 13-inning win over New Mexico in the Fullerton Regional of the NCAA Baseball Championship. The win was the first in NCAA tournament play for Columbia.

At the dish, Black tied for the best batting average on the team this season, hitting at a .331 clip. He drove in a team-high 31 RBI, while blasting eight home runs.

Black is the third Columbia player in the last two years to be drafted, as Dario Pizzano and Pat Lowery were both selected in the 2012 MLB amateur draft.