SECAUCUS, N.J. — Sacramento State's Tanner Dalton (17th round) and Parker Brahms (27th round) were both selected on day three of the 2019 MLB Draft. Dalton was selected 522nd overall by the Chicago Cubs while Brahms was selected 822nd overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tanner Dalton - 17th Round (522nd) - Chicago Cubs
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Dalton began his career at Sacramento State in 2018 as a junior transfer from the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge. In just two seasons, Dalton became an instrumental part of the Sacramento State bullpen and a leader on a younger Hornets squad. In his debut season for the Hornets, Dalton recorded 10 saves, the third most in a single season in Hornets history. He appeared in 32 games his junior year, most on the team and fifth most in a season in the program's history. He posted a 3.02 ERA and threw 49.1 innings.
Dalton followed that up with an even better senior campaign. In 29 games, Dalton pitched to a 2.14 ERA while striking out 67 batters in 59.0 innings of work. Dalton made three starts at the end of the season, including one in Sacramento State's WAC Championship win against Grand Canyon and again in the team's NCAA Regional win over #19 Santa Barbara. Although he recorded just six saves in his second season, the senior reliever piled up a 5-2 record, almost entirely out of the bullpen.
Dalton's 16 career saves rank tied-third on the all-time saves list and his career ERA of 2.50 is the fourth lowest among Hornets pitchers.
Parker Brahms - 27th Round (821st) - Los Angeles Dodgers
Brahms, a Calabassas, Calif. native,joined Sacramento State in 2017 as a freshman. He had an immediate impact on the program in his first year, earning the WAC's Freshman of the Year award after going 8-4 with a 3.13 ERA. He was also named first team all-WAC and threw a career-high 97.2 innings in 17 games (16 starts) and struck out 63.
The righthander was even better as a sophomore, again being selected to the conference's first team. Brahms was just 4-5 in 18 games (17 starts) but posted a 2.31 ERA while throwing 93.1 innings. Brahms struck out a career-high 113 batters as a sophomore, including two 14-strikeout games, a program record.
Brahms added 87 more strikeouts in just 76.2 innings his junior season, bringing his career total to 263 and moving him to third on Sacramento State's all-time strikeouts list. He owns a career 3.33 ERA and has made 48 total starts for the Hornets, nearly all as a weekend starter. Brahms has also made five career WAC Tournament starts, more than any other Hornets pitcher, helping the team to the 2017 and 2019 tournament titles.
Dalton and Brahms join fellow pitcher Austin Roberts, who was selected in the 8th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. With three selections in the 2019 draft, Sacramento State has now had three or more players taken in five of the last seven MLB drafts. The program has had at least once player taken in each of the last eight drafts. At least one Hornet has been drafted or signed as a free for the last 12 years and in 16 of the last 17 seasons.