Michael Mateja ’19 (above) was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft. Mateja signed with the Braves and began playing for their rookie league team in the Gulf Coast League and now plays for the Class-A Rome Braves.
Mateja was selected 742nd overall out of 1,214 total players drafted over three days and 40 rounds. Mateja was the fifth NCAA Division III player chosen and the second position player among a total of 12 Division III players drafted.
Mateja represents the sixth North Central player selected in the MLB draft and the first since Nick Robinson ‘10 in 2010, picked in the 39th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Mateja was named a second team All-American by both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association, and became the third player in program history to earn All-America honors in back-to-back seasons.
He was also named Central Region Player of the Year by D3baseball.com for the second consecutive season, leading the team in batting with a .444 average, and achieving a .534 on-base percentage.