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Pair of Panthers Selected in 2023 MLB Draft

by J.T. Toth

Photo courtesy of Matt Keenan.

Pitt Panthers' pitchers, Logan Evans (Seattle Mariners) and Dylan Simmons (Cincinnati Reds), were both selected on day three of the MLB Draft. Evans was selected in the 12th round and Simmons was selected in the 15th round.

“We couldn’t be more excited for and prouder of Logan Evans and Dylan Simmons for being selected in the 2023 MLB Draft,” said Head Coach Mike Bell. “It once again shows the training and development within our baseball program provides the opportunity for success and achievement at the highest level. We look forward to following both of their successes at the next level. Once a Panther, always a Panther.”

Evans, the 6’4” hard throwing right-handed starter, emerged as one of the strongest arms for the Panthers during the 2023 season. He finished the season 5-3 with a 5.88 ERA and earned wins against No.7 Virginia and No. 11 Miami last season.

Over the course of the 2023 season, Evans recorded 42 strikeouts in 49 innings of work. In 2022, he started all 14 games that he appeared in, tying for second on the team in starts and ranking third on the team wins and innings pitched while tallying 52 strikeouts.

Dylan Simmons, a 6’3”, 245 lbs. right-hander, was an important arm out of the Panthers bullpen in 2023. He made 24 appearances and finished with a 2-2 record and a 4.58 ERA. He struck out 60 over the course of the season.

Before transferring to the Panthers, Simmons was a Florida State Seminole and was honored by being named a 2020 Freshman All-American. The Jacksonville, FL native played an important role in the Panthers' upset over #2 Wake Forest, throwing three scoreless innings.

Photo courtesy of Matt Keenan.

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