Chris Lanzilli is a known commodity in college baseball.
The outfielder from Stoneham, Mass., exited his four-year career at Wake Forest with 42 home runs — the third-most among active Division 1 players — and a 2019 All-American honor on his resume.
Tearing through the Atlantic Coast Conference with awesome power put Lanzilli firmly in the conversation as one of the nation’s best pure hitters. For a second straight year, however, there was no call for a professional opportunity. No MLB Draft or free agent signing. Nothing.
“I wasn’t quite sure what the next move was going to be in my baseball career or life in general, so I was really just waiting around for something good to happen, and not much was happening,” Lanzilli said of the time that followed his fourth and final season at Wake, over which he hit .259 with 11 homers and 35 RBI.