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Delaware Players drafted in the 2019 MLB Draft

302sports 548 Jun 5

                             (Walter UD L, Peluse Wake C, Lawson DSU R)


The state of Delaware saw 3 of their elite baseball players drafted in the 2019 MLB Draft. 

The Delaware baseball program has had its fourth pitcher in five years selected in the MLB Draft Wednesday when junior Brandon Walter (Hodgson) had his named called in the 26th round by the Boston Red Sox.

Walter became the fourth pitcher in Delaware history to strikeout 100-plus batters in a single season in his junior campaign, punching out 106 batters and sits in third all-time in career strikeouts with 252.
 
In his Blue Hen career, Walter pitched 230.0 innings with a 3.68 ERA and compiled a 16-14 record, starting in each of his 37 appearances. He put together double-digit strikeout performances five times in his junior season, including a season-high 12 on two separate occasions.
 
In 2017, he threw 8.0 innings of one-hit baseball against Penn State, striking out a career-high 17 Nittany Lions in the process and in 2019, he pitched 6.0 no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts against Villanova which was interrupted by an hour-long power outage.
 
Walter was forced to redshirt for the 2018 season after going down with an injury midway through 2017, but bounced back to average 11.05 strikeouts per nine this season, ranking seventh in program history.
 
The redshirt junior does have one more year of eligibility remaining.

Delaware State left-handed pitcher Garrett Lawson (Dover) has been selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 19th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft today.

A three-time MEAC Pitcher-of-the-Week, Lawson was 7-3 with a MEAC-best 1.85 earned run average during the 2019 regular season. He also led the league with a .196 opponent batting average and tied for the conference high with 97 strikeouts, averaging 11.2 Ks per nine innings, during the regular year.

Lawson had a career-high 14 strikeouts in seven innings in a two-hit 10-0 victory over Coppin State on Apr. 12, struck out 10 without a walk in a 14-0 win at Norfolk State on Apr. 27, and did not allow an earned run while striking out nine in eight innings of a 5-1 victory over Coppin State on Mar. 22.

Wake Forest junior Colin Peluse (Middletown) was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the ninth round with the No. 284 overall selection of the 2019 MLB Draft on Tuesday evening.

In his three seasons in Winston-Salem, Peluse has totaled a 14-11 career record and 4.54 ERA, striking out 171 batters in 204.1 innings.

Peluse played a big role on the 2017 team which won the Winston-Salem Regional and came a game away from the College World Series. He finished that season with a 5-1 record and 3.54 ERA, earning two of those wins in the NCAA Tournament against West Virginia and Florida.

He followed that up with a 6-2 record and 3.87 ERA in his debut in Wake Forest's weekend rotation as a sophomore in 2018.

This year, Peluse struck out a career-high 71 batters in 80.0 innings as the Demon Deacons' Friday starter, including allowing just one run in a victory over top-10 NC State.

Congratulations to each & everyone of these athletes!