Penn State Catcher Ryan Sloniger Drafted No. 1,137 Overall By Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Penn State baseball catcher Ryan Sloniger in the 38th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, making him the first Nittany Lion catcher to be drafted since 2010 and seventh all-time.
Sloniger was a mainstay for the Nittany Lions throughout his career. The Punxsutawney native quickly added value to the squad, winning Big Ten Freshman of the week within the first month of the season and leading Penn State with three four-RBI games.
As a sophomore, the catcher made 29 starts behind the dish and grew into one of Penn State’s most reliable hitters. Sloniger led the Nittany Lions in several statistics in his junior season, including batting average (.306), RBI’s (31), and home runs (five), among others.
The Penn State standout capped off his fantastic career with 26 RBI’s and two home runs in his senior season, while only making two errors in the field.
Sloniger joins Penn State commit Braden Halladay as the second Nittany Lion to be picked up by the Blue Jays in this year’s draft.
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Clifford will take the job left vacant by Trace McSorley, who went 31-9 as the Nittany Lions’ QB1 in three seasons at the helm of the team’s offense.
2019 seems to break a trend for Penn State football, which usually named just three captains per season (one on offense, defense, and special teams).
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