NEW YORK – University of Pittsburgh junior pitcher Isaac Mattson became the second player drafted in the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon, as he was taken in the 19th round by the Los Angeles Angels.
Mattson is the second player taken on the afternoon, following teammate Josh Falk who was selected in the 17th round by the Oakland Athletics. He is the first player in program history to be taken by the Los Angeles Angels.
“At a time like this, I can’t help but think back on all of the teammates and coaches I have had since I was five,” said Mattson. “I owe them a lot because they made this game fun growing up. I am so grateful for my parents, family and friends, who have been incredibly supportive. God has blessed me with the ability and opportunity to play this game. I am extremely thankful for the path He has put me on and I look forward to this next chapter in my career and life.”
Mattson was a rock out of the bullpen for the Panthers this season, leading the relievers with a 2.87 ERA, competing to a mark of 1-0 with a team-best four saves in 21 appearances. Mattson tossed 31.1 innings on the season, allowing just 10 runs off 25 hits and just nine walks, as compared to 41 strikeouts. Mattson held opponents to a .227 average to lead the bullpen.
“Isaac is a bulldog on the mound,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “There is no holding back. He is calm, intense and he is coming at you. Once he develops consistency with his secondary stuff, he has the body and the arm of a big leaguer. He has a chance to make it very far professionally.”
A 2016 Cape Cod League All-Star with the Chatham Anglers, Mattson has been a shutdown force in his three seasons with the Panthers. In 60 total appearances, he owns a career record of 4-1 with a 3.56 ERA, adding five saves. He has thrown 96.0 innings, surrendering just 38 earned runs off 83 hits and only 19 walks, while striking out 109. In his career, opponents are hitting just .232 off the native of Harbor Creek, Pa.
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