After getting selected in the 35th round last June by the Tampa Bay Rays, Milton native and recent Dexter School graduate John Magliozzi was asked by ESPNBoston.com whether he'd honor his commitment to the University of Florida and said, "As of right now, we'll see what the Rays have to offer and go from there."
And as of today, it appears the stocky righthander is fully invested in the Gators program. Magliozzi said he "had a stern number" in the vicinity of "around $1 million".
"Their max wasn't up to it, and they most likely weren't going to give that up to me," said Magliozzi, who still has until midnight tonight to change his mind. "I said fine, I'm going to go to school. I've been down there taking summer classes."
Magliozzi is back up in Milton this week, but returns to Gainesville on Thursday. This summer, working with strength coach Paul Chandler, he's put on eight pounds of muscle, bringing his frame up to 5-foot-8 and 194 pounds. He routinely breaks the low-90's on his fastball, and while there were no radar guns out on his bullpen sessions he says he felt "the ball was coming out pretty good".
"It's awesome down there, I love it so much," Magliozzi said.