Secaucus, N.J. (June 13) -- MIT junior shortstop Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) has been selected by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Filiere is just the third MIT player to be drafted and first since 2001 alumnus Jason Szuminski, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round in 2000.
A 2017 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America selection, Filiere was an ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-American and the NEWMAC Player of the Year for the second time. The NEWMAC leader in slugging percentage (.794), on-base percentage (.530), home runs (13), total bases (108) and walks (41), Filiere was an ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region honoree and named to the NEWMAC First Team. Ending the season with a .375 batting average, he also reached base successfully in 64 straight games dating back to 2016, which is the third-longest streak in NCAA Division III history.
Filiere was also a D3Baseball.com Second Team All-Region honoree who finished the year with 17 multi-hit games and a season-high hit streak of 10 games. The 2015 D3Baseball.com National Rookie of the Year, Filiere is the MIT all-time career leader in runs scored (172), home runs (39), runs batted in (151), walks (111), batting average (.414), on-base percentage (.543) and slugging percentage (.809).