June 7, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - With the final pick of the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft, Tulane left-handed pitcher David Napoli heard his name called, as the Washington Nationals selected him with the 256th overall pick.
The senior from New Orleans is the first Green Wave player to hear his name called during the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The first and second rounds of the draft were held on Thursday, while rounds 3-10 are being held today. Rounds 11-40 will take place on Saturday.
Napoli started his senior season out of the bullpen for the Green Wave, but eventually made his way to the starting rotation. For a majority of the season, the southpaw started the third game of weekend series. During his senior campaign, Napoli posted a 5-3 record with a 3.00 ERA. In 66.0 total innings, he allowed only 39 hits while striking out 51.
"This is an example of hard work and total commitment to his craft," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "David is a guy who really invested in his career at Tulane. This is a reward for that. I am sure he will do well with his opportunity."
The Newman High School graduate has had an illustrious four-year career for the Green Wave. In 62 career appearances (27 starts), he posted a 13-9 record with a 3.64 ERA. He fanned 173 career batters in 220.0 innings, while allowing only 89 earned runs. For his career, he is tied for 19th in school history in appearances, and is 22nd in lowest earned run average.
Napoli's senior season saw him do two incredible things: he was second in single season school history by allowing opponents to only hit .176 off him, and he was second in the entire NCAA in 2013 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.32).
A 2012 All-Conference USA Second Team selection, Napoli moved into the weekend starter role in 2013 during the series against UTSA on March 5. He pitched 8.0 innings on three different occasions during the season: at Southern Miss for his first career complete game on April 7, against East Carolina the following week on April 14 and against Houston on May 5. He tied his career-high in strikeouts with eight against East Carolina. He punched out eight Nicholls State batters on Feb. 26 in 4.2 innings of relief, as well.
Along with Napoli and Scelfo, Henry Bonilla (Minnesota Twins, 2000), Ron Marigny (Detroit Tigers, 1986), Brian Migliore (California Angels, 1983) and Charles Melito (Cleveland Indians, 1979) were also selected in the eighth round of their respective drafts.
Napoli also becomes the first Tulane player to ever be drafted by the Washington Nationals. However, Gene Harris was selected by the Montreal Expos in 1986 out of Tulane. The Expos moved to Washington, D.C., prior to the 2005 MLB season and became the Nationals.
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