by J.T. Toth
Photo of Jay Harry courtesy of Penn State Athletics.
The Penn State Nittany Lions had two players selected in the 2023 MLB Draft last week. They were the 78th and 79th players ever chosen from Penn State.
The two players selected were shortstop Jay Harry in the 6th round by the Twins and pitcher Daniel Ouderkirk by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round.
Jay Harry- SS- Minnesota Twins- 6th round
Harry played in 146 games as a Nittany Lion, making 145 starts. In his career, Harry hit .304, including 33 doubles, 3 triples, and 12 home runs. He was the 3rd hardest batter to strike out in the Big 10, only averaging one strikeout every 9.6 at bats in 2022. Harry was an All-Big 10 selection in 2022 and 2023 and tied a Big 10 record with six hits in a game vs. Michigan State. Harry projects as a good bat-to-ball hitter who could top out at around 10 home runs per season. He signed with the Twins forgoing his final year at Penn State.
Daniel Ouderkirk- RHP- Seattle Mariners- 18th round
Ouderkirk, a Virginia native, graduated from West Virginia and transferred to Penn State as a graduate student. Ouderkirk only pitched in 23 games at West Virginia and only compiled 25 innings thrown. Last year as a Nittany Lion, Ouderkirk went 2-4 with a 7.26 ERA in 10-games started. At 6’9,” he is menacing on the mound and is considered a power pitcher who struck out 57 in 39.2 innings this past season. He routinely throws in the mid-90’s and has touched 97 with his heater. He signed with Seattle after the draft and will be foregoing his collegiate career in Happy Valley.