Delaware State University’s pitcher Garrett Lawson was drafted on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2019 MLB Draft in the 19th round.
Lawson becomes the first DSU player to get drafted in the MLB draft since 2009 when Dan Perkins was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 27th round.
The DSU pitcher is the highest draft choice for the school since 2003 when Eric Carter was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round.
The junior pitcher ends his career at Delaware State with a 13-8 record, 3.58 ERA, three complete games, two shutouts, 178.3 innings pitched, 160 hits, 101 runs, 71 earned runs, 80 walks and 188 strikeouts in 31 appearances.
Lawson was stellar in his junior season as he had a 7-4 record, 1.89 ERA, three complete games, two shutouts, 81.0 innings pitched, 61 hits, 32 runs, 17 earned runs,32 walks and 100 strikeouts in 13 appearances.
The Delaware State pitcher was named to the 2019 All-MEAC Baseball first team and was named MEAC Pitcher Of The Year for his 2019 season.
Lawson was pretty confident he was going to be drafted but the wait was stressful for the newest Angels pitcher, according the DSU press release.
“This is a tremendous honor for me and Delaware State,” said Lawson. “Although I was pretty much assured of being drafted, it’s still stressful while waiting for your name to be called. I’ve worked hard to get to this point and I’m going to give everything I have to take advantage of this opportunity.”
According to the Delaware State press release, head baseball coach J.P. Blandin told the media that Lawson had to fight to get a shot at the professional level.
“After being sidelined by injury for much of our 2018 season, Garrett came back in great shape and scored high marks on the charts of pro scouts this season,”Blandin said.
“The scouts were impressed with Garrett’s athleticism, his low-to-mid 90s fastball, solid breaking ball and command of his pitches. He certainly worked hard to earn this opportunity and we’re extremely proud of him.”