WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue baseball’s senior ace Tanner Andrews and versatile catcher Nick Dalesandro were selected 12 picks apart in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
Andrews was selected with the 13th pick, 297th overall, of the 10th round by the Miami Marlins. The Arizona Diamondbacks picked Dalesandro with the 25th pick of the same round, 309th overall.
Andrews and Dalesandro are the first Boilermakers to be drafted among the top 10 rounds since three were selected that high after the 2012 Big Ten championship season. Kevin Plawecki (35th overall, Mets), Cameron Perkins (6th round, Phillies) and Nick Wittgren (9th round, Marlins) all went on to make the big leagues with the players that drafted them. Plawecki and Wittgren remain with the Mets and Marlins.
Dalesandro was drafted for the second time in his career. He was also picked by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round of the 2015 MLB Draft. As a junior, Dalesandro has the option of beginning his professional career in the Dbacks organization this summer or returning to Purdue for his senior season.
The MLB Draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40. Jacson McGowan and Ross Learnard could also be drafted this year.
Andrews and Dalesandro comprised the Boilermakers’ opening day battery in both 2017 and 2018. They were key parts of Purdue’s 38-win team this season that finished second in the Big Ten standing, reached the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament and qualified for an NCAA Regional. They were both named third team All-Big Ten and to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Andrews and Dalesandro were very durable and consistent performers as Boilermakers. Andrews pitched 258 2/3 career innings over 60 appearances, including 31 starts as the ace of the pitching staff as an upperclassman. He was just the second Purdue pitcher this century to start three consecutive season openers.
Dalesandro has not missed a game since the start of the 2016 campaign, starting all but one. He started the final 33 games of 2018 behind the plate and his 51 starts at catcher this season were the most by a Boilermaker since at least 2005. He led the team with 15 doubles and 27 stolen bases while walking (37) more than he struck out (31). He was tops nationally in stolen bases among catchers through the regionals round of the NCAA Tournament. Overall, he ranked second in the Big Ten in steals and third in program history. Defensively, he threw out 21 of 52 base stealers to lead the Big Ten. Andrews’ 2.94 ERA this season was the first sub-3.00 mark by a full-time starting pitcher since Chadd Blasko (2.98) in 2002. Blasko was drafted 36th overall after that season. Andrews shut out Michigan in his final start at Alexander Field and pitched the first complete game by a Boilermaker at the Big Ten Tournament since 2010. Those two victories helped elevate Purdue from a likely bubble team to a sure fire at-large qualifier for an NCAA Regional. With Andrews on the mound, Purdue went 11-5 in Big Ten series openers over the last two seasons. His 98 innings this year ranked both third in the Big Ten and third in program history.
Andrews graduated last month with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership.