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38th Round Pick, Nick Luvello, looks forward to joining father with the Blue Jays one day

38th Round Pick, Nick Luvello, looks forward to joining father with the Blue Jays one day

June 24, 2012

The last name of ‘Lovullo’ is one that Blue Jays fans know well as Torey Lovullo is the present first base coach for the team in blue. With that said, Blue Jays fans have a chance to get to know the name even better, as Torey’s son, Nick Lovullo, was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 38th round (1165 overall) in this year’s MLB Draft.

“The draft experience was amazing. I don’t think I will ever forget the magnitude of excitement I felt when I saw my name called by the Blue Jays. It was a culmination of all the hard work I’ve put in over the years and I couldn’t be happier to be drafted by such a great organization,” Lovullo said.

When asked how it felt to be drafted by the team where his father works, the young shortstop replied, “Having my dad involved in professional baseball is really awesome. I always go to him for advice involving baseball.

“Being drafted by the team he works for is a dream come true. I couldn’t think of anything more amazing than playing in the Major Leagues and having my dad on the coaching staff.

“Something I’m especially thankful for is that I’ve been able to become really close with most of the players and coaches, and they’re all really nice, down to earth guys.

“Ricky Romero and Brian Butterfield are two of my many favorites on the team.”

That said, if Lovullo decides to forego his acceptance to Holy Cross to play D1 baseball and does join the Blue Jays organization, he is set to become a favourite on the team as well. The young infielder thrived in high school, playing for Newbury Park, where he maintained a .375 batting average, a .481 on-base-percentage, scored 34 runs and drove in 17 RBIs.


At Newbury Park High School, Luvello batted .375, scoring 34 runs and driving in 17 RBIs

“This last year, my high school team won the CIF SS Division 1 championship,” Luvello said about his favourite moment with Newbury Park. “It was an amazing journey, and no one thought we could do it except ourselves. We truly shocked the So Cal baseball world. It was amazing to end my high school career as champions and to do that with my best friends on the team.”

Lovullo was able to help his team win a championship due to a variety of skills, that, if given the opportunity, the Blue Jays will certainly be able to utilize. “I’m a line drive hitter with gap-to-gap power at the plate.”

But that’s not all: “I also have very good strike zone judgment, and only struck out once all of last year so that goes to show that I am a strong two strike hitter as well. I also work hard on being a successful bunter and on hitting-and-running.”

Lovullo wanted to thank many individuals for developing his skillsets and helping him get to this point in his career. “As far as my personal life goes, I would not be where I am today without my mother, Lynn Goldfield. She has always there for me no matter what.

“As far as baseball goes, my high school coaching staff has always pushed me to get better, and have always had my back. I would like to thank my former head coach, Matt Goldfield, and our assistant coaches, Wally Barnett and Rick Nathanson. Also Josh Goldfield and my strength coach Ryan Coleman have also helped me become the baseball player I am today.”

JaysProspects wishes Nick Luvello the best of luck in his future decisions and endeavors. We also kindly thank him for his time.