BASEBALL’S BRAHMS, ROBERTS RANKED AMONG NATION’S TOP 2019 DRAFT ELIGBLE PITCHERS

BASEBALL’S BRAHMS, ROBERTS RANKED AMONG NATION’S TOP 2019 DRAFT ELIGBLE PITCHERS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State baseball's Parker Brahms and Austin Roberts were ranked among the best pitchers in the nation according to D1 Baseball's Top 2019 Draft eligible pitchers. The list, which was released Tuesday, ranks Brahms 25th in all of college baseball while Roberts checks in at 91.

D1 Baseball's Top 2019 Draft Eligible Pitchers list was compiled using three main categories (Zone Control, Pitch Ability, and Durability) and was graded using a 0-100 scale.

Brahms, who ranks 25th among all college pitchers eligible for the 2019 MLB draft, received an overall score of 87.7 with a high of 94.3 in the durability category.

Roberts, ranked 91st, received an overall score of 83.8. He received his highest score in the pitch ability category at 91.3.

Brahms and Roberts are the only pitchers in the Western Athletic Conference to be named in the list, which includes 100 pitchers from across the country.

Last season, Brahms led the WAC with a 2.41 ERA while striking out a career-high 113 batters, just six shy of the single season record for the Sacramento State baseball program. He set a new program record for strikeouts in a single game, fanning 14 batters against Northern Colorado before matching it two weeks later against Seattle U.

2017's WAC Freshman of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, Brahms was named the WAC's Pitcher of the Week twice in 2018 while receiving his second straight WAC First-Team selection.

Roberts had a breakout season for the Hornets last year as he transitioned to the bullpen. He led the team with a brilliant 1.83 ERA while making 29 appearances, second most on the team and tied for third most in the conference. He struck out 55 batters and walked just 13 over 54.0 innings.

In conference play, Roberts was even better, posting a miniscule 0.70 ERA over 25.2 innings of work. He struck out 36 and walked just two during that time and received his first WAC First-Team selection for his performance.

Both Brahms and Roberts return to the Sacramento State baseball pitching staff for the upcoming 2019 season, which will begin this coming February. They and the rest of the Hornets will look to build off an impressive season in which they finished 35-25, including 17-7 in conference. The Hornets, under the leadership of head coach Reggie Christiansen, will also be looking for their eighth straight 30-win season.