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6/19/15

 

SACRAMENTO STATE PITCHER NICHOLS SIGNS FREE AGENT CONTRACT WITH TAMPA BAY RAYS

(Sacramento State Media Relations contributed to this report) 

Sacramento State senior right-handed pitcher Ty Nichols has signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.  

As a senior Nichols put together arguably the greatest single season pitching performance not only in program history but also in WAC history. He was 6-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his senior season, shattering the single-season program record for ERA (min. 50 innings pitched) and ranking fifth in all of NCAA Div. I in ERA. 

Over his last 57 innings pitched Nichols allowed only five earned runs and just 29 hits, a 0.79 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and .149 opposing batting average. For the season he also ranked 10th in the nation with just 5.60 hits allowed per nine innings and was 13th with a 0.90 WHIP. He also had a WAC-best .181 opposing batting average and earned First Team all-WAC honors. 

After four Hornets were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft last week Nichols becomes the fifth Sacramento State player to sign an MLB contract. The five MLB signees are the most the program has had in a season since 1993, when three players were drafted and three signed as free agents.  

Nathan Lukes, the career record holder for hits (244), this week penned his contract with the Cleveland Indians, who took him in the 7th Round. A two-time all-WAC first team selection, Lukes hit .345 in 2015 with 7 home runs and 38 RBIs.  

Brennan Leitao, taken by  the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round, inked his deal yesterday. Leitao is Sacramento State's all-time leader with 31 career wins and 398.0 innings pitched. He is also third in program history with 226 career strikeouts and is the first player in program history to be a three-time all-WAC selection. He went 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA as a senior after being selected as a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American. 

Also signed this week were junior closer Sutter McLoughlin, drafted by Philadelphia in the 22nd Round, and senior shortstop Scotty Burcham, taken in the 25th Round by Colorado. McLoughlin shattered the Sacramento State program record with 33 career saves and also recorded the lowest career ERA in program history at 1.93 (min. 100 innings pitched). An all-WAC second team selection as a senior, Burcham hit a career-best .329 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 2015, and finished his collegiate career second in program history with 235 career hits, topped only by Lukes.  

Last week, two UC Davis seniors inked their professional contracts. First baseman Nick Lynch was selected by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 30th Round and catcher Izaak Silva, taken by the same club one round later, has done the same.


 

 

6/10/15

Day 3--2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft
(To read Day 1 and Day 2 reporting scroll down)

After Nathan Lukes was taken in the 7th Round, the next local player Chandler Eden (Yuba City High/Yavapai CC Arizona) was taken in the 17th Round, followed by two more closely behind: Nick Madrigal, shortstop, Elk Grove High and Cameron Avila-Leeper, LHP, (Grant High/San Joaquin Delta College).

In Rounds 21-30, Sacramento State seniors Scotty Burcham and Brennan Leitao and junior Sutter McLoughlin were all selected, making this just the second time four Hornets were taken in the same year's draft. 

UC Davis first baseman Nick Lynch was the final player taken in the 30th Round and one round later the same team--Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim--took the Aggies' catcher, Izaak Silva.

Teammate Max Cordy was selected in the 40th and final round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

 

Rnd. 

Overall 

Player 

School 

Team 

Pos. 

214 

Lukes, Nathan 

Sacramento State (Center High) 

Cleveland 

OF 

17 

512 

Eden, Chandler 

Yavapai CC (Yuba City High) 

Toronto 

RHP 

17 

514 

Madrigal, Nick 

Elk Grove High 

Cleveland 

SS 

17 

516 

Avila-Leeper, Cameron 

San Joaquin Delta College (Grant High) 

San Francisco 

LHP 

22 

654 

McLoughlin, Sutter 

Sacramento State (Rio Americano) 

Philadelphia 

RHP 

25 

737 

Burcham, Scotty 

Sacramento State 

Colorado 

SS 

26 

791 

Leitao, Brennan 

Sacramento State 

St. Louis 

RHP 

27 

816 

Case, Bryan 

Oklahoma State (Winters High/Cosumnes River College) 

San Francisco 

30 

915 

Lynch, Nick 

UC Davis 

LA/Anaheim 

1B 

31 

929 

Dodson, Tanner 

Jesuit High 

NY Mets 

RHP 

31 

935 

James, Logan 

Stanford (Jesuit High) 

Seattle  

LHP 

31 

944 

Sprengel, Nick 

El Dorado High 

Washington 

LHP 

31 

945 

Silva, Izaak 

UC Davis 

LA/Anaheim 

34 

1033 

Groves, Kory 

CSU Monterey Bay (Oakmont High) 

Baltimore 

RHP 

39 

1166 

Goldby, Caden

Yuba City High 

Miami 

3B 

40 

1190 

Cordy, Max 

UC Davis (McClatchy High) 

Minnesota 

RHP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we've missed any local area player who was drafted this year, please send an email to:
RAC@BaseballSacramento.com


 

6/9/15

Day 2--2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft
(To read Day 1 reporting scroll down)

...and the first local talent taken in the 2015 amateur draft is...Nathan Lukes of Sacramento State in the 7th Round (#214 overall) by the Cleveland Indians. Nate batted .345 with seven HR and .422 On-base percentage and 13 stolen bases in 2015 for the Hornets.

The MLB-bonus slot for pick #214 is $190,100.

Indian’s scout Don Lyle said about Lukes “Nathan is a hard working, tough kid with a good eye. He’s a natural hitter with solid throwing and running skills. He has a chance to play all three outfield positions, and will improve his overall game as he matures in pro ball.”

Lukes set the career mark for hits with 244 at Sacramento State and was a two-time Western Athletic Conferene first-team selection.

SSU_Lukes_HR_CABRAL

Nathan Lukes smoked this pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer,
tying the Hornets all-time career hits record.



Lukes, who prepped at Center High in Antelope, entered Sacramento State as a walk on, and started all three years.


6/8/15

Day 1--2015 MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Amateur Draft. In 1965, Rick Monday of Arizona State was taken No.1 overall by the Kansas City Athletics.

The first local area talent taken in the 1965 draft in the 2nd Round by Detroit Tigers was Doug Carson, a shortstop from Bishop Armstrong High.

Interesting trivia answer...taken three players after Carson, future Hall of Fame catcher, Johnny Bench of Anadarko High in Oklahoma.

~ ~ ~

No.1--The first player selected is Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Swansby showed why he was a deserving first-overall selection this afternoon in a Super Regional game when he homered off southpaw Tyler Jay to give Vanderbilt a 2-1 lead. Jay was taken No. 6 by the Minnesota Twins. Vanderbilt won and advanced to its third trip to the College World Series in five years.

Taken with the 4th pick by the Texas Rangers was Dillon Tate, University of California - Santa Barbara, who showed his talent in a start at Sacramento State this spring.

UCSB_Tate2_Cabral
Gauchos starter Dillon Tate
File photo Rick Cabral


Swanson's teammate right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer was picked eighth overall by the Chicago White Sox, making two players from Vanderbilt selected in the Top 10 of the first round of the 2015 draft.


At No. 18, the San Francisco Giants selected Phil Bickford, a 6'5" junior college right handed pitcher from College of Southern Nevada.

With the 20th pick, Oakland took Richie Martin, shortstop from Florida. He is the sixth shortstop taken in this year's draft.

San Francisco had the 31st pick and took Chris Shaw, a 6'3" first baseman from Boston College.


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