Joliet Grad Fulfilling Dreams after being drafted into Major League Baseball


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JOLIET, Ill. – Joliet grad Christian Knapczyk is one step closer to achieving his dreams of playing in the Major Leagues. The talented shortstop from Joliet Catholic Academy was recently selected in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. 

Knapczyk’s exceptional skills on the baseball field caught the attention of scouts, leading to his draft by the Cleveland Guardians.

Knapczyk’s journey began at the University of Louisville, where he made a significant impact as a three-year starter at shortstop for the Cardinals. Throughout his college career, Knapczyk played in 143 games, amassing an impressive .328 batting average. He showcased his versatility with 29 doubles, seven triples, and three home runs. His outstanding performance earned him recognition as a three-time All-ACC selection.

In his final season, Knapczyk continued to shine, batting .331 with eight doubles, a triple, and a home run. He contributed 24 runs batted in, stole 19 bases, and scored 56 runs. His remarkable achievements drew the attention of MLB scouts, resulting in his selection in the fifth round of the draft by the Cleveland Guardians.

Knapczyk was one of three Cardinals drafted in this years draft. Knapczyk’s draft pick not only brings pride to the Joliet community but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring athletes. His journey from a local high school standout to an MLB draftee highlights the potential and talent that can emerge from Joliet.

The Joliet community eagerly anticipates watching one of their own compete at the highest level of the sport.


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