SEATTLE – Senior left-handed pitcher Jake Prizina was selected in the 2019 MLB Draft on Wednesday, marking the fifth consecutive year that Seattle University baseball has had players drafted.
The Sparks, Nev., native was taken in the 31st round (918th overall pick) by the Baltimore Orioles. Prizina is the third Redhawk to be selected by the Orioles organization, which also took Nick Meservey in 2018 and Will Dennis in 2015.
"This is so well deserved for our most decorated Redhawk," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "He has been voted Pitcher of the Year for the past three seasons here at SU and for him to take his ability to the next level is fitting. Jake will be a tremendous pro and his future is very bright. We are blessed to have had him and his family as part of our program."
His senior season opened with a bang as he was named WAC Pitcher of the Week and PerfectGame.org National Pitcher of the Week following his complete-game shutout of the UNLV Rebels on opening day. The senior southpaw scattered five hits and struck out five while walking just one to earn the win. It marked the first nine-inning complete game for the Redhawks since 2014 and just the third overall since Seattle U resurrected its baseball program in 2010.
Prizina cruised early in the season, compiling a 4-2 record and 2.45 ERA through eight starts and nine total appearances. He would suffer a spleen injury on April 5 after a batted ball hit him in the side, forcing him to the sideline for a month. Prizina would make three final appearances down the stretch, finishing out the year with a 4-4 record, 4.07 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 66.1 innings.
He concluded his career as a Redhawks as the program's all-time record holder in strikeouts (241), innings pitched (307.1) and starts (45). Prizina also ranks second in wins (19) and eighth in total appearances (69).
Prizina joins 2018 draftees Tarik Skubal (9th round, Tigers), Zach Wolf (18th round, Marlins), Nick Meservey (21st round, Orioles), Dalton Hurd (23rd round, Cubs), 2017 draftee Janson Junk (22nd round, Yankees), 2016 draft picks Brock Carpenter (20th round, Dodgers) and Michael McCann (24th round, Royals), and 2015 draft selections Landon Cray (18th round, Rays), Will Dennis (23rd round, Orioles) and Brian Olson (34th round, Twins) in Redhawks selected since the reinstatement of the Seattle U baseball program in 2010.