MONTROSE, N.Y. -- T.J. Olesczuk, a Hen Hud graduate, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Upon graduating from Hen Hud, Olesczuk went on to play at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
While at Winthrop, T.J. was a career .300 hitter who was a 2014 first team all-big South Conference performance, and all-academic team selection.
In 2014, Olesczuk had his finest season where he hit .389. That batting average was second best in the conference. He was also in the top 10 in the conference in six different offensive categories.
At Hen Hud, he was an all-section performer on the baseball diamond. While at Hen Hud he also participated on the varsity soccer and basketball teams. In addition, T.J. won the Con Ed award during the spring of his senior season.
“I am extremely excited for T.J. I have believed since T.J. was a freshman that he would have an opportunity to play professional baseball and yesterday it came true," Winthrop Tom Riginos said. "He had an outstanding year for us and he deserves this opportunity that the Baltimore organization has given him. We all hope to see T.J. in the big leagues soon.”
Olesczuk's selection was met with excitement at his high school alma mater as well.
“I was thrilled for T.J. upon his drafting into the Baltimore organization," Hen Hud Athletic Director Tom Baker said. "To see T.J. come through our community’ s programs in the Cortlandt National Little League, then participate with Hen Hud’s baseball program, then Winthrop, and now the Baltimore Orioles is quite rewarding. I am very proud of T.J. and wish him the best of luck with his professional career and I am looking forward to following him.”
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