Former Joliet Catholic star Dalesandro drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks
Purdue junior catcher and former Joliet Catholic star Nick Dalesandro is now the property of the Arizona Diamondbacks after being selected in the 10th round of the MLB draft.
In some ways, it’s déjà vu for Dalesandro, who was also selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round out of Joliet Catholic in 2015, but elected to attend Purdue instead.
At Purdue this past season, Dalesandro was a third-team All-Big 10 selection and was named to the All-Big 10 Tournament team.
On the year, he hit .297 (65 for 219) with 15 doubles, a triple, two homers and 34 RBIs, leading the Boilermakers to a 38-21 record and an NCAA regional berth. He sported a .442 on-base percentage and .402 slugging mark for a .844 OPS.
Dalesandro is also known for his versatility, playing some outfield for the Boilermakers. He hasn’t missed a game since the start of the 2016 season.
Dalesandro joins battery-mate Tanner Andrews as the first Boilermakers to be drafted among the top 10 rounds since three were selected that high after the 2012 Big Ten championship season. Andrews was tabbed with the 13th pick of the 10th round by the Miami Marlins.
The approximate slot value of Dalesandro’s selection is reported at $137,300.