A pair of Stony Brook baseball seniors, Aaron Pinto (West Covina, Calif.) and Bobby Honeyman (Massapequa, N.Y.), became the latest Seawolves to be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft as Pinto was taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 26th round and Honeyman was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the 29th round on Wednesday.
Pinto, a pitcher, was the 733rd overall selection, while Honeyman, an infielder, was taken with the 868th pick. The pair are the first Seawolves to be selected in the draft since 2016 when pitcher Tyler Honahan and outfielder Toby Handley were both chosen.
“Today is an awesome feeling,” Pinto said. “Thank you for everyone at Stony Brook especially Stony Brook Athletics and my coaches for helping me achieve this opportunity to continue my career.”
Pinto was a first team All-America East Conference honoree this season after he set Stony Brook’s single-season and career save records. He recorded 12 saves in 2018 to go along with five wins and a 1.05 ERA. He collected 15 career saves and posted 13 career victories with a 2.72 ERA in 68 appearances.
“First off I wanna say thank you to the Seattle Mariners organization for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream and play professional baseball,” Honeyman said. “I wanna say thank you to all the coaches at Stony Brook for getting me prepared for the next level and teaching life lessons that I will remember forever. I am extremely excited to go over to the west coast and start this chapter in my baseball career as a Seattle Mariner.”
Honeyman, also a first team All-America East Conference selection in 2018, hit .336 with 71 hits and 33 RBI while playing in all 57 games. He finished his four-year career with 201 hits and 102 RBI with 33 doubles and 12 triples along with a .975 career fielding percentage.
Both Pinto and Honeyman will be heading out soon for team physicals and mini camps before being assigned to either the Rookie Ball or Short Season A level of their respective organization.
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