The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Penn State pitcher Justin Hagenman in the 23rd round with the 704th overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. The junior right hander struck out 76 in 78 1/3 innings in 2018, finishing with a 3-7 record and a 4.60 ERA.
This marks the third time in as many years that a Nittany Lion pitcher has been drafted. In 2016, reliever Jack Anderson was taken in the same round by the Seattle Mariners. Last year, Sal Biasi was drafted in the 11th round by the Kansas City Royals. Sal's younger brother Dante, who just finished his redshirt freshman season, was drafted out of high school in 2016, but elected to maintain his commitment to Penn State.
Under head coach Rob Cooper, the only position player drafted was infielder Jim Haley, who was taken in the 19th round in 2016 by the Tampa Bay Rays. Prior to 2016, there had been no Penn State players drafted since 2012 under previous head coach Robbie Wine, when three players were drafted: pitchers Joe Kurrasch and Johnny Walter, and third baseman Jordan Steranka.
Hagenman is a native of Voorhees, N.J. and has pitched for three seasons for the Nittany Lions. He earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors in 2016.