(Hawaii Athletics) - Just days after the 2018 MLB Draft, a second University of Hawai'i baseball player has agreed to a free agency deal with a professional franchise, as redshirt junior catcher David Noworyta has reached an agreement to join the Detroit Tigers organization.
The Hainesport, N.J. backstop batted .273 in his career with the Rainbow Warriors; but his time was limited in a program with too many catchers for opportunities. Last summer, while playing with the Rochester Honkers, Noworyta was a recipient of one of the Northwoods League's 'Finest in the Field' Awards, conferred upon the top defenders at each position. Noworyta had a .996 fielding percentage and batted .273 for the Honkers.
This summer with the Honkers, Noworyta is hitting .267 through eight games, fresh of a clutch three-run double that helped Rochester break open a lead in the win over the St. Cloud Rox.
Noworyta will join pitcher Jackson Rees (Toronto Blue Jays) in signing an FA deal. In the MLB Draft, Kekai Rios was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers (28th round) and Dylan Thomas was chosen by the Minnesota Twins (38th round).