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  • Indiana Athletics IU left-hander Andrew Saalfrank, a former Heritage player, pitches in a game against Evansville.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:00 am

Ex-Patriot Saalfrank drafted

Heritage grad not only Hoosier taken

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana pitcher Andrew Saalfrank, who played at Heritage, was selected Tuesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the MLB draft.

Saalfrank's teammate, Tanner Gordon, who is also a pitcher, was taken just five picks later at 187th overall to the Atlanta Braves.

The Hoosiers' Matt Gorski had been taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in the second round.

In his three years with IU, Saalfrank is 11-5 with a 3.81 earned-run average, and 188 strikeouts and 62 walks in 149 innings.

That included an 8-1 record with a 2.84 ERA this year, when he was IU's first All-American pitcher since Joey DeNato in 2014

Saalfraank, the Big Ten's Pitcher of the Year, entered the NCAA Tournament second in the conference in strikeouts per nine innings, was third in wins, and was fifth in ERA and total strikeouts. 

He struck out 10 or more hitters in five of his 12 starts this season.

Saalfrank wasn't the only player with state ties to get the call Tuesday, when Butler's Ryan Pepiot, a pitcher, went one pick before Saalfrank and to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We are so happy for Ryan,” head coach Dave Schrage said, according to the school's website. “He has worked so hard to give himself this opportunity. It's great to see the development he made in our program. He is not only a great player, but a great person.”

Pepiot broke two school records during the 2019 season, striking out 126 batters over 78 innings for the single-season mark; and going to 306 for the career mark.

Indiana State shortstop Clay Dungan was picked in the ninth round by the Kansas City Royals. And Notre Dame's Cameron Junker, a pitcher, went to the Pirates in the 10th round.

The draft will come to a close today with Rounds 11 to 40.

jcohn@jg.net