Dalton, Selsor selected on final day of Major League Baseball Draft
NEW YORK CITY — Junior third baseman Ryan Dalton and senior utilityman Casey Selsor were selected during the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. The pair becomes the 23rd and 24th players in the program's 21-year history to be drafted.
Dalton, a native of Sugar Land, was picked in the 18th round (567th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels, while Selsor, a local product out of Reagan High School, was selected in the 23rd round (714th overall) by the Washington Nationals.
Dalton, the 19th pick of the 18th round, is the first player in UTSA history to be picked by the Angels. The 2012 Southland Conference second-team honoree led the Roadrunners with a .307 batting average, 11 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBIs this season. He also paced the squad with a .495 slugging percentage and a dozen multiple RBI contests.
The consensus 2010 Freshman All-American and Southland Freshman of the Year ranks fifth in school annals with 36 home runs and 142 RBIs and he also holds program frosh records with 17 round-trippers and 51 RBIs. His 324 total bases translate to a career .531 slugging percentage.
"It was a thrilling moment to hear my name called," Dalton said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play professionally and, thanks to the Angels, UTSA and the coaching staff, I now have that opportunity."
As a junior, Dalton has until July 13 to decide whether to sign a professional contract with the Angels or return to UTSA for his senior season.
Meanwhile, Selsor, the 16th selection of the 23rd round, also was drafted by the Nationals in the 37th round in 2008 following his senior year of high school and he is the second player in Roadrunners history to be selected by the National League club (James Keithley/2008/39th round). The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder twice was named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year watch list in addition to earning Southland honorable mention laurels during his final two campaigns. Selsor was second on the team this past spring with a .302 batting average to go along with 10 doubles, a program-record eight triples, a homer and 29 RBIs and he also stole a team-leading 17 bases in 18 attempts. On the mound, the southpaw won four starts, posted a 5.55 ERA and recorded a team-high 54 strikeouts in a squad-best 84.1 innings of work.
Selsor finished his career ranked among UTSA's all-time top five in two offensive categories: triples (11/t-5th) and stolen bases (38/t-4th) and he also ranks among the program's all-time top 10 in six pitching categories: games started (47/4th), innings pitched (314.2/4th), strikeouts (220/5th), victories (18/6th), shutouts (1/t-7th) and complete games (6/t-8th).
"I was listening to the draft on my computer and, after I heard my name called, I jumped out of my chair," Selsor said. "I'm excited for the opportunity because it gives me a chance to keep playing. My time at UTSA has been instrumental in my development and I owe a lot to the coaching staff.
"I fully expected to report to camp as an outfielder, but they told me I will have a chance to both play the field and pitch in my first year. I am ecstatic that I will get a chance to do both and I'll let the Nationals' player development staff guide me through the process."