Viking Pitcher Drafted

Mike Giovenco, North Park University student athlete drafted by the Minnesota Twins

Talented sophomore Mike Giovenco may soon be going from North Park Viking to the Minnesota Twins Organization

CHICAGO (June 10, 2009) – The 2009 season has been an outstanding year for Mike Giovenco. On top of earning a First Team selection for both the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region; setting the single-season school record for strikeouts (84); and finding his name in the NCAA rankings in several statistical categories; Giovenco can now add an even greater honor to his resume—Major League Baseball draft pick. On June 10, Giovenco was chosen by the Minnesota Twins in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

“We couldn’t be happier for Mike and his family,” says fourth-year head coach Luke Johnson. “It’s a legitimate culmination of his ability, his outstanding work habits, and his approach. The most gratifying thing for us as a program is that in Mike’s two years here, he has gotten significantly better . . . both Mike and our pitching coach, Steve Hardman, deserve all the credit in the world for that. His raw ability was never a question, but there is no doubt he has really taken off over the last 12 months. He’s much more refined and has a legitimate chance at the pro level.”

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound right-hander created a lot of buzz in the Midwest scouting community this past spring. Routinely throwing in front of multiple professional scouts, he drew interest from every team in Major League Baseball.

“Our players have high standards for themselves and do a great job of elevating the standard of excellence on a day-by-day basis,” Johnson notes. “Mike would be the first to tell you that some of this is the result of being part of a team that values a legitimately consistent professional approach and the work habits that make this possible. Everyone on our roster can take some satisfaction in that.”

Giovenco is also an outstanding student. The River Grove, Ill., native and business and economics major has been named to North Park’s Dean’s List as well as to the Academic All-CCIW team.


To read more about Mike Giovenco's selection in the draft, check out these news stories in the Chicago Tribune and Palladium Item.