June 8, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior shortstop Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) was selected in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon, as the Chicago Cubs made him the 798th overall pick in this year's draft. Sciacca is the 22nd draft pick from Villanova since 2002 and the 65th overall pick for the Wildcats since the inception of the amateur draft. He joins junior right-handed pitcher Pat Young (The Woodlands, Texas) as 2013 draft picks, as Young was chosen in the 13th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Sciacca is one of the all-time greats to come through the Villanova program and concluded his collegiate career this season with another outstanding year. He led the Wildcats in six offensive categories this season and batted .307 with a .405 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage. Those were each team highs and Sciacca also led the team with 18 doubles, two triples and 36 runs batted in. His 18 doubles are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in school history and he also appears in the Villanova record book for his career doubles and stolen base totals.
Following the 2013 season Sciacca was named a Philadelphia All-Big Five selection for the second straight year. He also is a candidate to receive All-East recognition for a second straight season after starting all 45 games he appeared in this season. Sciacca played in 185 career games for the Wildcats, including 169 starts. Over the last two seasons he started 100 consecutive games in the infield.
Villanova has had multiple draft picks in eight of the past 12 years and a total of 22 draft picks in that span. Sciacca is the sixth position player drafted since 2002 and the first since outfielders Matt Szczur and Justin Bencsko were each picked in the 2010 draft. Szczur was also drafted by the Cubs and currently is playing for the organization's Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies.
A versatile player who adds to his strong offensive game with terrific defense, Sciacca is a strong defender at both second base and shortstop. He made 25 starts at shortstop this season and another 16 at second base and batted in the middle of the Villanova batting order. Sciacca led the team with 19 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games during the 2013 season.
In his collegiate career Sciacca batted .312 with a .401 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage. He had 196 career hits, including 46 doubles, 10 triples and four home runs to go along with 108 RBI, 103 runs scored and 37 stolen bases. Sciacca is tied for fourth place in the Wildcats career record book for doubles and ranks ninth in stolen bases. His career totals also include 72 walks and 29 times getting hit by a pitch.
Sciacca was a second team All-BIG EAST selection as a junior last season and was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team this season. During his career he also received weekly recognition from the BIG EAST and the Big Five four times each.
NOTES: Villanova has had seven players selected by the Chicago Cubs over the years ... Sciacca joins Joseph Urbanovicth (1st round, 1969 January secondary draft); Gary Scott (2nd round, 1989); Bill Bliss (3rd round, 1991); Brian Kenny (30th round, 1991); Aaron Krawieck (3rd round, 2000); and Matt Szczur (5th round, 2010) as Wildcats draft picks by the Cubs ... Villanova has three former players currently active in the minor leagues, including outfielder Matt Szczur (Chicago Cubs) and pitchers Kyle Helisek (St. Louis Cardinals) and Kyle McMyne (Cincinnati Reds).