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March 18, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Matt Antonelli (54) works on drills before a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at Disney Wide World of Sports complex. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former MLB First Round Pick Matt Antonelli Retires

After playing just three weeks in the majors since 2006, Matt Antonelli has officially retired from baseball.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweeted that the two-time former first round pick in the draft has made the decision after not being able to get back into the MLB since 2008, and will work with his alma mater.

The infielder was first drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2003, but did not sign and continued to light it up with Wake Forest. He had a 57 walks to 38 strikeouts during his sophomore season, one of the best ratios in the nation.

After his short stint with the Padres, Antonelli became a journeyman in the league. He signed with the Washington Nationals in 2010, the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, and the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in 2012.

Antonelli wasn’t picked up by any teams this season, and he hasn’t been given an opportunity beyond the minors since his 21 starts with the Padres.

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