SECAUCUS, N.J. — Justin Dillon was selected in the 10th round (309th pick) of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
The native of Placervville, Calif., began his career at Sacramento State in 2013 and left the program ranked among the top 10 in both career strikeouts and innings pitched. Dillon earned national attention at the start of the 2017 season when he no-hit Northern Kentucky on Feb. 23. In that game, he faced just two batters over the minimum and struck out 13. He went on to earn national Pitcher of the Week honors from the NCBWA, Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness.
The right-handed pitcher finished the season with 3.36 ERA and led the Western Athletic Conference with a 1.04 WHIP and a .220 opponents batting average. He played a pivotal role in the team's success a the WAC Tournament, starting two of the Hornets' four games and allowing just one run on six hits with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings of work to earn tournament MVP honors.
Dillon made 53 career appearances at Sacramento State, starting 42 games in his career. He ranks fifth in school history with 187 career strikeouts and is seventh in the Hornet record book with 230.0 innings pitched.
Sacramento State has now had at least one player drafted in the last six MLB drafts. At least one Hornet has been drafted or signed as a free agent for the last 10 years and 14 of the last 15 seasons. Dillon is the 11th Sacramento State player selected in the top 10 rounds and the first Hornet pitcher since Chris Kinsey went in the fourth round in 2003. He's also the ninth Sacramento State pitcher to advance to a pro career in the last six years.
The 2017 draft continues on Wednesday with rounds 11-50.