Headed to the Rockies


Rowan's Magliaro signs contract to pitch for the Colorado Rockies.

Rowan University baseball player Marc Magliaro signed a professional contract to play for the Colorado Rockies organization. The event took place on Thursday, Jan. 24 in the lobby of the University’s Esbjornson Gymnasium.

“The whole experience is pretty surreal,” said Magliaro. “It is a dream come true. It goes to show you that hard work does pay off. Without God, my family, friends and the Rowan baseball team, none of this would be possible.”

Magliaro signed as a pitcher with the Rockies and will report to spring training in Arizona on March 1. At Rowan, the Monroe Township resident played shortstop and was a relief pitcher his senior season. A four-year starter at shortstop, Magliaro posted a .328 career batting average in 164 games. He registered 212 hits in 647 at bats with 115 runs scored and 85 RBIs. Magliaro’s extra base hits included 32 doubles and five triples. He stole 39 bases in 50 attempts and produced a .393 on-base percentage. In 2012, he made eight relief appearances on the mound. Magliaro compiled a 1-0 record with five saves and a team best 0.00 earned run average. He only allowed three hits in eight innings and struck out four batters. Magliaro held opponents to a .115 batting average.

“Having a player that has worked as hard as Marc to develop his game is an honor for Rowan University and our baseball program,” said Head Coach Juan Ranero. “He is a great student-athlete and has worked very hard throughout his career. He has earned the opportunity to play at the next level.”

As a senior, he served as one of the team’s captains. He was named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Conference second team. Magliaro also was chosen to the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division II/III All-State first team. He earned NCAA Newport News Regional All-Tournament Team honors. In 2011, Magliaro was selected to the NJAC All-Conference first team and NJCBA Division II/III All-State second teams. He earned NJCBA All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman.

“The Rockies have treated me really well,” Magliaro said. “They seem excited to have me as part of their organization and I’m just as excited to be there.”