SAN JOSE, Calif. - San José State University junior right-handed pitchers Josh Nashed and Matt Brown were drafted by the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants in the 19th and 27th rounds, respectively, of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft on Wednesday.
"I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Cleveland Indians organization and pursue one of my lifelong dreams. I can't thank my teammates and coaching staff at SJSU enough for all of their support and for the lifelong friendships and memories I have made these past three years as a Spartan," said Nashed.
Nashed, the 582nd overall pick in the draft, finished the 2017 season starting five games on the bump and playing in 33 games on the field, starting 26 games as the designated hitter. In 2016, the Leland High product in San Jose appeared in 15 games as a pitcher while playing 41 games on the field. The junior led the team in ERA (4.79), innings pitched (88.1), games started (14) and complete games (2) while pitching at least 6.0 innings in 10 of his 14 starts.
"I am really excited for Josh," said SJSU baseball head coach Jason Hawkins. "This is great recognition for him. Hopefully negotiations work out for him to the point where he can make a good decision. The Indians will get a great competitor if they do and he would certainly be missed."
Matt Brown, the Benicia, Calif., native was selected 816th overall by his hometown San Francisco Giants in the 27th round.
"I'm really excited because this is what I've dreamed of since I was a little kid. Being drafted by the Giants is unbelievable because I have been a Giants fan since I can remember," said Brown.
This season, Brown led the Mountain West conference in opposing batting average with .227 and tied for second in starts with 15. The six-foot-six hurler was named the MW Pitcher of the Week back on April 10. It was SJSU's first Mountain West weekly honor in baseball since joining the league for the 2014 season.
In 2017, Brown led the Spartans in wins (4), innings pitched (72.2), strikeouts (62) and games started (15).
"I couldn't be more excited for Matt. He's shown great promise throughout his career and he made some big strides this year. I can't wait to see what he does at the next level. The Giants are getting a great prospect," said Hawkins.
D.J. Slaton was the last Spartan drafted, in the 37th round (1,118th pick overall) back in 2013 by the Tampa Bay Rays. The last time SJSU had two players picked in the same draft was in 2012 when Zach Jones was selected in the 4th round (130 overall) by the Minnesota Twins and Michael Aldrete went in the 39th round (1,200 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals.
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