North Central's Mateja Drafted by Atlanta Braves

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June 6, 2018 – North Central College's Michael Mateja was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft, selected in the 25th round by the Atlanta Braves.
 
Mateja was selected 742nd overall out of 1,214 total players drafted spanning three days and 40 rounds.  Mateja was the fifth NCAA Division III player chosen and the second position player, while a total of 12 Division III players were selected this year.  As a standing junior, Mateja will have to decide whether to sign with the Braves or return to North Central for his senior season by the signing deadline on July 6.
 
Mateja was named a second team All-American by both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), becoming just 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 batting .444 to go along with 54 runs scored, 72 hits, 20 doubles, four triples, four homeruns, 38 runs batted in, 27 walks and a .534 on-base percentage.

His .444 average was good for eighth on the program's single-season list, while his 20 doubles rank third, 72 hits, 54 runs scored and .534 on-base percentage rank fifth.
 
He is the sixth 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.  Pitcher Todd Trunk was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 98thround in 1996, while catcher Sean Delaney was picked in the 23rd round by the Kansas City Royals in 1992, pitcher Brian Zimmerman selected in the 33rd round in 1988 by the New York Mets and outfielder Craig Stefan drafted in the 33rd round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986.