PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 5, 2012) – Michael Lang (Dumont, N.J.), a former Rutgers outfielder who played from 2008-2011, signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 24. As a senior in 2011, Lang led the Scarlet Knights and ranked eighth in the conference with a .344 batting average.
The 2011 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection led the league with six triples in his final season. As a senior, he tallied 66 hits and posted an on-base percentage of .445. Lang finished his career as one of the school’s all-time best hitters. His 229 career hits is tied for fourth on the all-time career hits list. He also ranks tied for third in triples (13) and sixth in career runs (176).
The Dumont, N.J., native signed on the same day as former RU pitcher Ryan Fasano (Stony Point, N.Y.), who signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Lang is the 69th player to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball organization in Fred Hill’s 29-year span as head coach. He is the 77th RU player to sign overall.
Lang impressed the Diamondbacks as he led the Sioux City Explorers, a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, with a .405 batting average in 34 games. The rookie reported to the Yakima Bears, the Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Diamondbacks located in Yakima, Wash. In 30 at-bats with the Bears as of July 5, Lang has compiled a .233 batting average with two doubles and six runs scored.