PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University left-handed pitcher Abraham Almonte (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks 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 Philadelphia University baseball history to be drafted, the first since Alan Wawrzyniak and Shaun Babula were both taken in 1999. Wawrzyniak went in the seventh round to the Anaheim Angels and Babula was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 16th round.
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 of work. Almonte threw the first no-hitter since 1999 on April 3, 2015 in a 7-0 victory over Lincoln (Pa.) 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 a 2.40 ERA. Almonte finished up third in the conference in complete games (3) and shutouts (1), 15th in innings pitched (56.1), and 23rd in batting average against (.206).