Former Mason pitcher T.J. Zeuch signs deal with Toronto Blue Jays

Posted at 1:37 PM, Jun 17, 2016

Former University of Pittsburgh right-handed pitcher T.J. Zeuch, a 2013 Mason graduate, signed his first-round deal with the Toronto Blue Jays Friday morning.

Zeuch was taken No. 21 overall in the first round of the MLB Draft June 9. Terms of the deal weren't immediately announced.

"It's obviously very exciting for their family and for T.J. and for our program too," Mason coach Curt Bly said. 

T.J. Zeuch with his contract from the Toronto Blue Jays. (Provided photo)

Tim Zeuch, T.J.'s father, said the family is still waiting to hear where T.J. will report in the minor leagues. There will be a media introduction in Toronto at some point too.

Zeuch was originally drafted by the Royals out of high school in the 31st round of the 2013 draft, but opted to pitch for Pitt.

One of the most successful pitchers in program history, Zeuch led Pitt this spring with a 3.10 ERA, recording 74 strikeouts in just 69.2 innings as the ace of the staff in his junior season. Opponents batted just .229.

Zeuch went 6-1 in 10 starts allowing just 24 earned runs and 19 walks after he missed four weeks of the season due to injury.

He tied a Charles L. Cost Field record and set a career-best with 12 strikeouts in his final outing with Pitt May 19 against Duke.

Zeuch is the highest drafted player in Mason baseball program history.