COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dillon Dingler, a junior on the Ohio State baseball team, was selected by the Detroit Tigers with the first pick of the second round of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Thursday afternoon. The North Canton, Ohio, native who was taken with the 38th overall pick, is the 107th Buckeye taken in the history of the Major League Baseball Draft and the 12th taken in the first or second round.
Dingler is the highest Buckeye draft pick since Alex Wimmers went with the 21st pick of the opening round of the 2010 MLB Draft to the Minnesota Twins.
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“I’m really excited for the future and to have the opportunity to put on the Tigers jersey,” Dingler said. “I was very fortunate to have a great baseball program in high school and then loved my time at Ohio State. The athletics program is second to none and has prepared me for this. I’ve been really fortunate to play for Coach Beals and to be a Buckeye.”
Named a Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American, Dingler tied with Indiana’s Grant Richardson for the Big Ten lead with five home runs and his .760 slugging percentage ranked second in the conference and 23rd nationally in a shortened 2020 season. The two-time team captain hit all five of his long balls in the last five games, going 10-for-21 while adding two doubles, 11 RBI and eight runs scored. The three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection posted a 1.828 OPS in his last five games and was riding a team-best seven-game hitting streak.
For the year, the catcher led Buckeye regulars with a .340 (17-for-50) batting average to go along with a team-high four doubles, a triple, five home runs, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. In the Buckeyes’ win at North Florida March 10, Dingler became the first Buckeye in three years to hit three long balls in one game. The game was named the No. 10 individual offensive performance of the season by Baseball America.
In his three-year career, Dingler has played in 115 games, hitting .276 with 21 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs, 74 RBI and 50 runs scored. The graduate of Massillon Jackson High School was named Second Team All-Big Ten and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament Team as a sophomore and was selected as part of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2018.