University of Miami’s Bryan Radziewski, a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher, said he knew he wouldn’t be picked in Thursday’s opening round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
His teammates and UM signees also went undrafted among the first 32 picks.
So he watched “the first couple picks” and then turned to another channel.
“You know there’s a Heat game on!” said Radziewski, laughing.
Radziewski, who grew up in Miami and graduated from Florida Christian, is rated by Baseball America as the 80th-best prospect in the state. The left-handed redshirt sophomore had a fabulous season, going 9-3 with a 1.78 ERA and 109 strikeouts. Opposing batters hit .175 against him.
But he’s also a realist.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t have my velocity this season, and that’s a big factor in all those high draft picks,” said Radziewski, 21, who underwent surgery in April 2012 to repair a torn labrum. “They usually say your first season after surgery is kind of a grind and everything after that should be close to normal.”
B-Rad, as he is called by teammates and fans, said he would love to return to UM next season if things don’t work out in the three-day draft.
“My dream has always been to play professional baseball, but if things don’t go right, I love the University of Miami and I’m willing to hold off my dream and return to UM and take this team to Omaha next year,” he said. “I love Miami, and pitching for [pitching coach] J.D. [Arteaga] makes everything better.”
The Hurricanes finished 37-25, losing two of three games in the NCAA Louisville Regional.
“Very disappointed,” Radziewski said. “We had high hopes for the regionals. Knowing that, to end my college career now would eat me up for a while. I’d love to redeem myself in the college playoffs next season.”
Teammate Dale Carey, a 21-year-old junior outfielder, is rated by Baseball America as the 77th-best prospect in Florida. But Carey, unlike Radziewski, had a disappointing season.
Carey finished with a .192 batting average and only 12 RBI and one home run.
He said he watched the first round of the draft at his girlfriend’s in Tampa.
“It was exciting because it’s the draft, and I know a bunch of people who went in the first round,” Carey said. “But it was also kind of a bummer because if I had a good season I could have possibly gone in the first round.”
Carey echoed Radziewski’s sentiments in saying he would be happy to return to Coral Gables for one more season.
“Especially knowing I had such a bad year, a part of me doesn’t want to end on a bad note,” Carey said. “I’m pretty sure nobody wants to leave UM hitting under .200. I would love to come back.
“I told my parents the top 10 rounds would be negotiable. Right now every team is my favorite team.”
Carey said that the Hurricanes will have their end-of-the-year meetings with coach Jim Morris at UM on Monday . Morris missed the regional because he was recuperating from pneumonia at Duke University Hospital.
“[Assistant coach] Gino [DiMare] said it perfectly at the end of the year,” Carey said. “We weren’t consistent. Sometimes we flashed greatness and other times we wouldn’t play to the level we were expected to play.”