Roy, Furney latest to sign pro deals

Jeff Roy

Rhode Island junior outfielder Jeff Roy was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, and senior pitcher Sean Furney signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Roy, a Cranston, Rhode Island native, was the 539th overall pick, becoming URI’s 12th baseball player drafted since 2003. A 2013 Preseason All-American, Roy was a perfect 30-30 in stolen base attempts this season, making him the only NCAA Division I player to attempt 30-plus steals without being thrown out. Roy was assigned to the Class A Short Season Jamestown Jammers, where he was batting .314 with 20 runs scored and 16 stolen bases through his first 34 professional games.

Sean Furney

Furney, who earned Second Team All-Northeast Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association, signed a free agent contract with Arizona following the draft. The Warwick, Rhode Island native was Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year and earned National Pitcher of the Week honors in early April when he combined to post a 0.75 ERA and a .167 opposing average (7H/1R) over 12.0 innings pitched at No. 9 Florida State and No. 8 Ole Miss.

Furney was assigned to Arizona’s team in the Rookie Arizona League, where he is working as a relief pitcher. He is the second Ram to sign with the D’backs in recent years, as Arizona selected right hander Eric Smith in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Smith is currently pitching for the Mobile BayBears, a AA team.