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June 7, 2014

PITCHER PALSHA TAKEN BY NEW YORK METS ON THIRD DAY OF MLB DRAFT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After breaking Sacramento State single-season records in earned run average and pitching appearances, junior right handed pitcher Alex Palsha was selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

Palsha, from San Ramon Valley HS in Danville, was taken by the Mets with the 10th pick of the 27th round. He pitched just one season at Sacramento State after two seasons at Diablo Valley College and one year at College of San Mateo. He broke the program single-season record with a 1.82 earned run average (min. 50 innings pitched) and also established a new program record with 37 appearances in 2014.

Palsha had a 6-1 record with four saves over 59.1 innings pitched with a minuscule .174 opposing batting average. He totaled 57 strikeouts and just 28 walks while allowing only 35 hits, and 20 of his 37 pitching appearances were for more than one inning.

In the WAC Tournament Palsha threw 5.1 scoreless innings allowing no hits, just one walk, and recording nine strikeouts with two saves and was named to the all-WAC Tournament team. He was the second Hornet taken in the 2014 MLB Draft after junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th round on Friday.

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