NEW YORK - Former
Columbia baseball standout Dario Pizzano was named to the Seattle Mariners Organizational
All-Star team by Minor League Baseball voters for his success in the league last
Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, Pizzano swung a big stick in the Appalachian League, leading
the rookie-level circuit with a .356 average, .442 on base
percentage and .953 OPS. After playing the first 53 games of the season with
Pulaski (Va.), Pizzano was promoted to the short-season A Everett Aquasox (Wash.). His
strong performance continued as he went 7-for-21 with three doubles and four walks in
"I feel like I
couldn't have begun my career in any better way," said Pizzano. "It was very
important to start off strong and make an eye-opening first impression. It
showed the Mariners that I could play with any level of competition."
Pizzano said his next set
of goals include continuing to improve all aspects of his game in hopes to land
a spot with the Clinton Lumberkings, the full-season Low A team. His ultimate
goal is to one day crack the Major League roster in Seattle.
"My rookie season has
been a great experience," Pizzano added. "I have been working extremely hard
since the end of last season making improvements, and I am excited to continue
my strong performance at Spring Training and make my first full-season team."