The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Philadelphia University left-handed pitcher Abraham Almonte in the 26th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Entry Draft Wednesday afternoon.
With his selection—which came at pick number 772 overall—Almonte becomes the eighth player in PhilaU baseball history to be drafted, and the first since 1999.
In his three-year career with the Rams, Almonte appeared in 33 games and posted a 9-6 overall record and the second-best earned-run average in school history of 2.41. He fanned 125 batters in 112 innings and threw the first no-hitter since 1999 on April 3, 2015, in a 7-0 victory over Lincoln University.
An All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference first-team pitcher in 2017, Almonte led the conference with 71 strikeouts and 11.34 strikeouts per game. He finished the season with a 3-3 record and 2.40 ERA. Almonte was third in the conference in complete games and shutouts.
“It’s just a dream come true,” Almonte told KYW Newsradio. “No words can describe what I’m feeling right now.” Listen to the interview here.