NEW YORK -- D.J. Slaton, junior right-handed pitcher for the San Jose State baseball team was selected on the final day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Slaton was chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 37th round, with the 1,118th overall pick and is the only Spartan to be selected in this year's draft.
"I was watching the results online," Slaton said. "Then I was driving back to San Jose and got a call from my mom that I had been picked. I was a little shocked at first, but this is just really exciting."
The graduate of Palma High School in Salinas, Calif., was San Jose State's leader in 2013 with 49 strikeouts in a team-high 91.1 innings over 15 starts. He achieved single-game career bests in strikeouts with six in as many innings at UT Arlington (4/13), and completed eight innings in three of his outings.
He has a 4.84 ERA in 145 innings of work and a 6-13 record during a three-year career in a Spartan uniform.
"It definitely feels rewarding," said Slaton. "A lot of time, hard work and long practices got me here. I'm excited to celebrate this weekend with family and friends before heading out to Florida next week."
Slaton is the 97th San Jose State Spartan to be selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since it began in 1965. He joins Jason Jimenez (1997) as the only two Spartans drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays organization.