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Koscso to defer medical school plans for pro ball
Posted Jun 9, 2011 by Adam Adkins
Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Jonathan Koscso was more than prepared for life after baseball, having earned his degree and being accepted into USF’s College of Medicine.
But after getting a shot to continue playing, he plans to put his future schooling on hold.
Koscso, selected in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, has been in discussions with representatives for USF’s medical school about deferring his enrollment so that he can embark on a professional career, and said things look promising for that to happen.
“They’ve been 100 percent supportive of me playing baseball and taking the opportunity to go play. Nothing is official yet, but I’m really hoping to get a deferment,” Koscso said. “I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to play professional baseball, especially for an organization like the Rays.
“I think it looks promising that I have the chance to get the deferment, and then it will be a year-by-year basis. I can’t really speak for the future and where I’ll be then. I just know that they’ve been great about it and I’m definitely going to try to run with this opportunity to keep playing.”
Koscso, one of four USF seniors drafted this year, became just the second player in program history to start every game of his college career, and his final season was arguably his best. The Bulls third baseman hit a team-best .340 while also leading the team with 39 runs scored, and was the Bulls lone first team All-Big East pick.
He’d hoped his actions on the field would warrant an opportunity for a shot at the next level, and seeing that become a reality while following the draft was a moment he won’t forget.
“My heart kind of stopped for a second,” Koscso said. “It’s great to be drafted number one. That early was maybe a little bit of a surprise. It was great to see the 29th round, and then the icing on the cake was that it was the Tampa Bay Rays, kind of the favorite team growing up. All my friends and family are big Rays fans, so it was really awesome to see that.”
—- USF will lose both of its junior players selected in the 2011 MLB draft.
Bulls coach Lelo Prado said both right-handed pitcher Jimmy Moran and shortstop Sam Mende have informed him of their decisions to sign with the teams that selected them.
Moran was an 18th round pick by the Cincinnati Reds, while Mende was a 31st round selection by the Colorado Rockies.