Villanova product Czinege red hot in Rockies organization

"Just all about trying to get better each day and taking it pitch by pitch."

Matt Leon
July 19, 2018 - 2:11 pm
Todd Czinege was a four-year starter at second base at Villanova.

Asheville Tourists


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Todd Czinege put together quite the baseball career at Villanova University.
The Wildcats played 199 games during his four seasons on the Main Line, and Czinege not only played but started them all. He was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and a four-time All-Big 5 honoree and is second in program history in hits with 244. He finished his college career with a .307 batting average.

Amazingly, since turning pro, Czinege's numbers have gotten even better.

The 23-year-old right-handed hitter is batting .357 this season. He started the year in rookie ball with the Grand Junction Rockies where he hit .358 in 14 games. That earned him a promotion to Single-A Asheville, where he has hit .356 in a dozen games with four home runs and nine runs batted in, while playing multiple positions.

"Just all about trying to get better each day and taking it pitch by pitch," Czinege says.

Czinege was selected in the 29th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. 

"I knew the Rockies were interested," he says. "When it came down to it, I think it was going to be them or nobody. I got a call from a scout after the second day of the draft saying that he wanted to get it done and the next day happened, we got it done and I was on a plane three days after that. So it was very good, probably the best day of my life so far."

He credits his coaches at Villanova with really helping him get to where he is today.

"The biggest thing was they worked with us and they developed us to where I could be a professional player now and get my foot in the door," he says. "Also, I was very fortunate enough to play, pretty much every day I was on campus there, because that's how you get better, you play baseball and you get better."

Czinege and the Tourists will host Greenville on Thursday night.

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