Notre Dame baseball: ND's Slania, Mancini selected

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Notre Dame junior right-hander Dan Slania was selected Friday by the San Francisco Giants with the 26th pick of the fifth round (No. 162 overall) in the MLB first-year player draft.

Irish junior first baseman Trey Mancini was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 23rd pick of the eighth round (No. 249 overall).

On Thursday, the New York Yankees drafted Eric Jagielo in the first round.

"I'm both thrilled and honored to be drafted by the Baltimore Orioles," said Mancini. "It has always been my dream to play professional baseball, but I'm also blessed to play baseball at the University of Notre Dame. I will take some time, sit down with my family and talk to my coaches and determine the best decision going forward."

Mancini led the Big East in hitting (.389) and total bases (138) and also tied for first in triples (seven) and was second in hits (89) and second in slugging percentage (.603).

Mancini led Notre Dame in multi-hit games (27) and ranks second in multi-RBI games (11).

Slania was a 42nd round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2010. Jagielo was a 50th round selection of the Chicago Cubs.

"It will be a difficult decision moving forward,'' Slania said, "but I'm fortunate to have two wonderful options. I'm honored that the San Francisco Giants, one of the storied franchises in Major League Baseball, have offered me an opportunity to play professional baseball."

Slania went 3-1 in 2013 with 13 saves (in 15 chances) and a 1.21 earned-run average.

Cubs take BYU outfielder

While the Cubs were expected to focus on pitching on Day 2 of the draft, the first guy they took Friday (75th overall) was Brigham Young center fielder Jacob Hannemann.

He's a 22-year-old freshman who delayed his education two years to complete his Latter Day Saints mission and has split his time between football and baseball. He was expected to contest for a starting spot at cornerback this fall. Most analysts didn't expect him to go before the fifth round but his stock soared late in the season.

Hannemann, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds was rusty at the plate at the start of the season but had a slash line of .385/.453/.631 in his last 204 plate appearances, with 20 walks and 23 strikeouts.

The Cubs picked four consecutive college right-handers after Hannemann and then a junior college left-hander, giving them pitchers on six of their first eight picks.

Familiar names in draft

The New York Mets found a familiar name during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.

University of Connecticut infielder L.J. Mazzilli, son of Lee, was drafted by the Mets in the fourth round Friday -- 40 years after the elder Mazzilli was a first-round pick of New York.

L.J. Mazzilli hit a team-best .354 with six home runs, 51 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.

The Yankees also went after famous bloodlines, drafting University of Michigan outfielder Michael O'Neill, nephew of Paul, in the third round.

O'Neill led the Wolverines in batting average (.356), slugging percentage (.498) and home runs (5).

Coastal Carolina outfielder Jacob May, son of Lee May Jr. and grandson of Lee May, was also selected in the third round by the Chicago White Sox.

Northwestern right-hander Luke Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round.

Notre Dame's Trey Mancini during the game against Seton Hall at Coveleski Stadium.