SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Former Sonoma State University baseball student-athlete Ryan O'Malley has become the 42nd player in the history of the SSU program to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
O'Malley, who spent just one year in the Seawolf uniform, was selected by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in the 25th round as the 739th overall pick. He is the first SSU player since Harmen Sidhu in 2013 to be drafted by a MLB organization.
In 2016, O'Malley proved to be one of the most dangerous hitters in the region, leading the team in slugging percentage (.557), runs scored (35), hits (59), runs batted in (32), doubles (14), triples (2), home runs (7), total bases (91), multiple-hit games (17), reached-base streak (18), and walks (34), and was second on the team in batting average (.335).
The senior third baseman from San Jose, Calif., earned Player of the Week honors back on Feb. 2 after going 7 for 12 (.583) with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and six runs scored for a slugging percentage of 1.583, including a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against Cal State San Bernardino back on Jan. 31 in his Seawolf debut.
O'Malley is the fifth SSU player to be drafted or signed by the Atlanta in the history of the program, and the fourth since head coach John Goelz took over the team in 1986.
The 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft wraps up later today after the 40th round has completed. To access the MLB Draft Tracker, go to MLB.com.
A complete list of Sonoma State student-athletes that have been signed or drafted by MLB teams over the years is available by clicking here.
Posted By: Sonoma State Athletics