Loch Sheldrake, NY (August 25, 2011) – The talented lefty pitcher, Francisco Gracesqui, will not be returning to play baseball at SUNY Sullivan this year. Instead, he is headed to training facilities in Dunedin, Florida to report to his new team – the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gracesqui signed a major league baseball free agent contract with the team, making him the first ever SUNY Sullivan player to move on to professional baseball. Gracesqui’s deal, which includes a $40,000.00 signing bonus, has him reporting immediately to the Jays’ spring training complex to begin his pro career.
“[Gracesqui] has been a model citizen for us,” said SUNY Sullivan’s Head Coach, Ryan Snair. “This couldn’t have happened to a nicer kid.”
In a message to faculty and staff, SUNY Sullivan’s Athletic Director, Christopher DePew, called the signing both “bad news” and “good news,” stating that although the team will miss Gracesqui’s talent on the diamond, the entire college community could not be happier for him or prouder of him.
“I wanted to come back [to SUNY Sullivan],” said a smiling Gracesqui, “but I’ll take the contract. This feels great.”
“Coach Snair is always positive; always stands by his guys,” added Gracesqui. “Coach treated me very well. Now I’m looking forward to being a big leaguer.”
Gracesqui was on campus on the 25th to officially withdraw from classes and bid his classmates and teammates at SUNY Sullivan goodbye. The college wishes him well in the future, and congratulates a great young player on an amazing accomplishment.