Secaucus, N.J. (June 14) -- MIT senior pitcher David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) has been selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 34th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Hesslink joins teammate Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) as selections in this year's draft as he is just the fourth player in MIT history to be drafted. Filiere was picked on Tuesday by the Chicago Cubs.
A two-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection and a 2017 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America honoree, Hesslink posted a 5-4 record in 2017 as he made 11 starts and threw 68.2 innings. Also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team in 2016, he is a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection and as a freshman, he was named the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year and the D3Baseball.com New England Region Rookie of the Year.
Hesslink ends his MIT career as the program's all-time wins leader with a career mark of 24-10 overall. In 46 appearances and 41 starts, he threw four complete games over 268.1 innings with 177 strikeouts and a career earned run average of 3.02. Hesslink graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering.