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Penn State Baseball: Anderson And Haley Selected In MLB Draft

by on June 13, 2016 2:00 PM

Penn State baseball's successful season continued with more postseason news as junior third baseman Jim Haley and senior closer Jack Anderson became the first players drafted out of Penn State since 2012.

Both players were selected during the final day of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft this weekend.

 The Tampa Bay Rays selected Haley in the 19th round with the 570th overall pick, while Anderson was tabbed by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round with the 687th pick. They are the first draft picks of head coach Rob Cooper’s three-year tenure at Penn State. Cooper, who arrived at Penn State prior to the 2014 season after nine seasons at Wright State, has now coached nine MLB draft picks.

“We are extremely proud of Jim Haley and Jack Anderson,” said Cooper in a release. “Every young player dreams of playing professional baseball, and these two have the opportunity to follow their dreams. We will miss Jack and support Jim in whichever decision he makes, and we are so excited for both of them.”

Haley has the choice to sign or return for his final year of college eligibility. A three-year starter with 143 starts in 146 appearances, Haley owns a .297 career average at Penn State with 28 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 64 RBIs, 97 runs and 25 stolen bases. 

Anderson set new career standards at Penn State for saves with 25 and appearances with 98. In 165 2/3 career innings pitched he never gave up a home run. He set Penn State’s single-season record for saves with 13 to tie for the Big Ten lead and totaled a career-best 2.14 ERA in 54 2/3 innings pitched, just a third of an inning shy of being eligible to qualify amongst the league leaders for ERA. Of his 29 appearances on the year, which tied for the second most in program history and second in the league this year, only five were for an inning or less.

Prior to Haley and Anderson, the last to be drafted out of Penn State were in 2012. LHP Joseph Kurrasch was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the eighth round with pick No. 268, infielder Jordan Steranka was selected in the 21st round with pick No. 646 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and RHP John Walter was drafted in the 29th round with pick No. 883 by the Kansas City Royals. Including Haley and Anderson, 55 different Nittany Lions have been drafted out of Penn State in the first-year draft since it began in 1965.

The deadline for all amateur draft picks to sign with their respective clubs is July 15.

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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