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Saalfrank selected by Diamondbacks in sixth round of MLB Draft

The reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Year could be headed to the desert after a tremendous season

Saalfrank struck out 98 batters this season despite starting the spring in the bullpen.
Auston Matricardi

Another day, another Hoosier off the board. On Tuesday junior southpaw Andrew Saalfrank became the second Hoosier to get selected in the MLB Draft when the Arizona Diamondbacks took him 182nd overall in the sixth round.

The left-hander showcased his great curveball this spring while striking out more batters than any other pitcher doing Big Ten play. After starting the season in the IU bullpen he got a shot in the rotation after an injury and took full advantage. He pitched to a 2.84 earned run average as well as an 8-1 record. He went undefeated in conference play and struck out 98 batters overall. Saalfrank was also the winning pitcher in the game that clinched the Big Ten regular-season title for Indiana this season and received Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors.

As a junior Saalfrank still has the opportunity to elect to return to IU for his senior season. The D-Backs will retain his rights and can sign him until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 15 or until he returns to school.