Former Chant Costanzo gets big-league shot with Reds

Former Coastal Carolina All-American Mike Costanzo has been called up to the Cincinnati Reds’ 25-man roster after third baseman Scott Rolen was sent to the 15-day disabled list.

After two games with the big-league club, Costanzo is still looking for his first hit in the majors but he got his first RBI in his major-league debut on Sunday with a sacrifice fly.

Costanzo, a two-time Big South Player of the Year honoree (2004 and 2005), joins Mickey Brantley, Keith Glauber, Luis Lopez, Kirt Manwaring, Tom Romano and David Sappelt as the seventh former Chanticleer to earn a roster spot with a Major League Baseball club. Additionally, Costanzo is the third Chant to make his MLB debut with the Reds (Glauber, 1998 and Sappelt, 2011).

In a combined 34 games with Louisville and Double-A Pensacola, Costanzo batted .303 with six homers and 24 RBIs. The 28-year-old was a second-round Draft pick of the Phillies in 2005, and joined Reds in 2010 after playing independent ball for Camden in the Atlantic League.

Costanzo, a left-handed hitting third baseman, got off to a torrid start in 2012 with the double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He got called up to Louisville on April 17, and provided the Bats with a steady presence at third base since his arrival.

Costanzo has spent parts of the past two seasons with Louisville, driving in 26 runs last year in 47 games with the Bats. Costanzo’s time with the Bats was even shorter in 2010 when he appeared in just six games, but he was a double-A all-star that season, which was his first in the Reds organization.

Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Reds

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