On Monday night, the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft kicked off. The first two rounds of the draft took place on Monday, and the draft continued throughout the day on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s 6th round saw a Nittany Lion pitcher get their name called. In the 6th round of the draft, the Kansas City Royals selected left-handed Nittany Lion pitcher Dante Biasi. With his name being called Biasi became the 169th overall pick in the 2019 draft.
Congratulations to Dante Biasi!— Penn State Baseball (@PennStateBASE) June 4, 2019
The @Royals pick becomes the highest Penn State...
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⚾ pick overall since 2010.#DiamondLions ➡️ #ProLions # MLBDraft #MLBDraft2019 pic.twitter.com/zpiAwekGIP
After missing the 2017 season due to injury, Biasi struggled in 2018, Biasi bounced back with a big 2019 season. In 2018 Biasi posted a 5.20 ERA in 62 1⁄3 innings pitched. Opposing batters his .219 against him, he walked 36, and struck out 51.
This past season, Biasi looked like a completely different pitcher. In 74 innings of worked his ERA dropped nearly 3 full runs to 2.55. He limited opponents to a .196 batting average against, he walked 33 batters, and he whiffed 102.
Biasi getting drafted, and decently high to boot, is a great look for Rob Cooper’s program. For those who may not know, the MLB Draft has 40 rounds. So, being a 6th round pick is an accomplishment. It also shows that the Royals view Biasi as a future contributor at the MLB level.
Congrats, Dante, and best of luck with the Royals!