Article by: John Nee '93
St. Rita boasts one of the top baseball programs in the country as was demonstrated this past spring when the Mustangs climbed to the top of the national rankings after capturing the Mingo Bay Classic Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and starting the season 25-0.
The St. Rita Baseball Program can now add to its resume another Major League Baseball player as 2008 St. Rita grad Tony Zych was officially called up by the Seattle Mariners Monday evening, becoming the fourth player in St. Rita Baseball history (joining Nick Etten, Ed Farmer, and Jim Clancy) to play in the Major Leagues.
Zych, a 2008 St. Rita graduate, played collegiately at The University of Louisville where he was the closer for the Cardinals powerhouse baseball program during his sophomore and junior seasons. At the conclusion of his junior year, Zych was drafted by the Chicago Cubs Organization in the 4th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. After spending four years in the Cub Organization, climbing as high as AA, Zych was traded on April 2nd to the Seattle Mariners Organization for a player to be named later.
After starting the 2015 season with the Mariners AA Club in Jackson, Tennessee, Zych was promoted to the AAA Tacoma Rainiers on May 16th. In Tacoma, Zych (1-2 3.41) pitched out of the bullpen saving five games for the Rainiers before his call-up to the big league club when the major league rosters expanded on September 1, 2015. Zych is the first player to have played for current head coach Mike Zunica to appear on a Major League roster.