The wait is over for the #61 rated college senior in this years draft.Jason Kanzler, who past two seasons are among the best in school history, was selected as the 590th pick in this years draft.
While it's his last tow seasons that really turns heads Kanzler has been solid since he set foot on the UB Campus. He is a career .321 hitter and has his name in just about every major statistical category, in the UB Books.
This past season Kanzler was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year after batting .330 with 12 home runs, 53 runs batted in. Overall the senior was ranked among the top ten in nine different offensive categories. Notably, he now owns UB single-season records for at bats (227), games played (57), and runs batted in (53).
Last season the Penfield native made the All-MAC second team after batting .345 with 13 doubles, five triples, and eight home runs. Kanzler is also a adept fielder wich a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 2012 which put him on the nine-member ABCA's Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
During the off season Kanzler played in the Coastal Plains League, making the CPL All-Star game while batting .305 with eight home runs, 31 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases for the Edenton Steamers.
Kanzler will likely be assigned to one of Minnesota's three rookie minor league affiliates after siging. The teams are the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League, the Gulf Coast League Twins, and the Dominican Summer League Twins.
For the UB Program Kanzlers draft signals a program mark which has not been set since reinstatement. For the first time since UB restarted baseball they have had players drafted in back-to-back drafts, following Tom Murphy's selection in the 2012 draft.