When Rob Cooper took over Penn State baseball before the 2014 season, there wasn't much to be excited about when it came to the Diamond Lions. Though his efforts have only led to one winning season so far during his tenure (28-27 in 2016), Cooper is doing an excellent job of infusing more talent into the program.
The latest example comes in the form of the school's latest MLB draft pick, right handed pitcher Sal Biasi. Biasi, who compiled a 5-5 record with a 3.48 ERA in 2017, was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 11th round of the draft, with pick No. 330.
Biasi, who also put up a sub-4.00 ERA as a sophomore, becomes the third Nittany Lion to be drafted in the past two years—Jim Haley and Jack Anderson were both selected in 2016.
Biasi was the third right-handed pitcher chosen by the Royals, and Kansas City's eighth pitcher overall.