June 8, 2005
Providence, RI - Brown senior outfielder Matt Kutler (Omaha, NE), the 2005 Ivy League Player of the Year, was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball draft. He was the 728th pick overall. Junior Eric Larson was taken in the 44th round by the Toronto Blue Jays as well with the 1,311 overall pick.
The top hitter in Ivy League baseball history, Kutler established an all-time Ivy League record for career hits with 260 in his four-year career, and broke virtually every batting record in Brown history. He recently played in the 30th annual College Baseball All-Star game at Fenway Park on Sunday, June 5.
A First Team All-Ivy selection for the third straight time in his career, Kutler led the Ancient Eight in eight different batting categories and finished the season ranked tenth in the nation with a .427 batting average. He is also a two-time First Team All New England selection. Kutler posted a .974 fielding percentage in the outfield, recording 74 putouts.
Kutler, who received the Fritz Pollard Award, given to Brown's male varsity athlete of the year, hit .459 with 39 hits and 16 runs batted in during Ivy League play. Brown finished the Ivy season with a 14-6 Ivy mark, its best record ever. Kutler was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week on April 12 after leading the Bears to a 6-0 week, posting a .640 average at the plate with six runs scored and six runs batted in.
Larson batted .350 on the season as the Bears' designated hitter. His 30 RBI ranked fourth on the team while his .455 on-base percentage was second for Brown. A clutch hitter, Larson batted .400 with runners on base.