PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior infielder J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) of the Brown baseball team was drafted in the 38th round by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in the annual Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Franco, a former All-Ivy selection, becomes the first Brown draftee since Matt Colantonio in 2011, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 22nd round.
Franco is coming off an impressive senior season with the Bears, as he paced the team in batting average, and started all 37 contests between shortstop and second base. Franco put together 10 multi-hit contests, and also added a team-high three triples to go along with five doubles. A patient hitter, he ranked fourth on the team with 17 RBI and drove in a trio of runs in two games.
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