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Maryland baseball’s Kevin Biondic signs minor-league contract with Red Sox

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Maryland baseball Kevin Biondic vs. Army Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Another Maryland baseball player joined the professional ranks over the weekend. After transitioning to a utility player and relief pitcher his senior year, Kevin Biondic signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Biondic is the third Terp to sign a contract this summer, joining draft selections Nick Dunn and Marty Costes. Maryland commit and Pittsburgh draftee Jack Herman also signed a pro deal, forgoing his college eligibility.

The Oak Lawn, Illinois, native has only been pitching at the college level for a season, but quickly blossomed into a multi-use weapon for the Terps. Biondic went on to earn second team all-conference honors as a utility player.

He finished his final collegiate season with a solid year at the plate, with a batting average of .279 with 56 hits, 32 runs, 27 RBIs and six home run—all career bests. Meanwhile he held opposing batters to a .198 batting average and posted a 2.59 ERA and 27 strikeouts as one of the Terps most reliable relief pitchers.

Biondic didn’t pitch long at the college level, but will get a chance to develop his repertoire in Boston.

In other news

It was a good week for Terps going pro, as women’s basketball’s Eleanna Christinaki has decided to leave the team to pursue professional opportunities overseas.

Football picked up another commit for its 2019 class over the weekend, with cornerback Deonte Banks becoming the Terps seventh commit of the cycle.

We wrapped up Running Backs Week with Anthony McFarland, a highly sought-after recruit who finally looks ready to prove the hype, and the combination of Javon Leake and Tayvon Fleet-Davis, two backs too talented to stay out the rotation.

With three finalists for the open athletic director job reported, Ryan has been going through the pros and cons of each of the candidates. Patrick Kraft is the reported frontrunner, though it’s hard to judge his body of work at Temple. John Currie is also still in the running, despite the running the public relations nightmare of a football coaching search at Tennessee.

Yahoo’s Shams Charania might have cost Kevin Huerter some money on draft night. Hawks general manager Thomas Schlenk said the team was thinking about moving up to No. 17 until Charania tweeted that the Milwaukee Bucks were selecting Donte DiVincenzo.

After being involved in a draft night trade, newly-minted Orlando Magic forward Justin Jackson has already picked up his newest jersey.

Also, we really aren’t talking enough about Bamba No. 5. This guy gets it, though.