|Batting Average .143|
Name Mike Costanzo
Career start 2005
Runs batted in 2
Weight 93 kg
|Home Runs 0|
Height 1.88 m
Role Baseball player
|Education Coastal Carolina University|
Number 25 (Cincinnati Reds / Infielder)
Mike Costanzo and Jacques Pucheu vs Toledo
Michael A. Costanzo (born September 9, 1983) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds.
After and All-American season his junior year at Coastal Carolina University, Costanzo was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies pick #65 in the second round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft out of Coastal Carolina University. 2005 Costanzo reports to Short-season A ball for the Batavia Muckdogs. 2006 Costanzo spends the season in High-A in Clearwater, where he is named Florida State League's Top defensive 3rd baseman.
2007 Costanzo is promoted to AA-Reading Phillies in the Eastern League and hits 27 Home runs with 86 RBI and is selected to the Eastern League All-Star game. He is selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for top prospects.
On November 7, 2007, Costanzo, along with Michael Bourn and Geoff Geary, is traded to the Houston Astros for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett. On December 12, 2007 he was traded for the second time in 34 days to the Baltimore Orioles along with Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate for Miguel Tejada. The Orioles released him on April 2, 2010. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds on May 13, 2010.
Costanzo is called up to the majors with the Cincinnati Reds for the first time on May 12, 2012. In his first Major League at bat, he hit a sacrifice fly to left field, which scored Ryan Hanigan from third base. On May 19, 2012 Costanzo got his first Major League Hit off of New York Yankees pitcher Iván Nova.Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter retrieved the baseball and tossed it into the Reds dugout.
On June 6, he was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville. On August 1, Costanzo was designated for assignment.
Costanzo was inducted into the Coastal Carolina University Hall of Fame in fall of 2012
On December 28, 2012, he signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. Costanzo was released by the Nationals in June 2013 and was signed by the Cincinnati Reds.
Costanzo represented Team Italy in the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic.
After spending all of 2014 with the Cincinnati Reds AAA affiliate the Louisville Bats, Costanzo signed with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in the following offseason. It is his second stint with the Camden Riversharks, he also played with the team during the 2010 season.
He became a free agent after the 2015 season.
Costanzo is currently the Head Baseball Coach at his Alma mater Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor PA. He also is the owner of an Insurance agency-(Farmers) in Springfield PA.