COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State baseball team were selected in the 2022 MLB Draft this week. In addition to TJ Brock selected in the sixth round and Zach Dezenzo in the 12th round, Nate Karaffa and Ethan Hammerberg were both selected in the final round on Tuesday.
Karaffa was taken with the 602nd pick of the 20th round by the Philadelphia Phillies and Hammerberg was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 611th pick. In total, Ohio State has had 114 MLB Draft picks since 1966.
Karaffa, who was a utility player his first two seasons, switched to pitcher this season and was one of the Buckeyes most dependable bullpen arms. He pitched 28.1 innings and was 3-1 with a 6.35 ERA. He had 36 strikeouts and just 14 walks in a team-high tying 25 appearances.
Hammerberg also made 25 appearances this season and was dominant at times. He had a remarkable 49 strikeouts and just six walks in 35.2 innings. Opponents batted just .235 against him and he led the team with six saves.
With Karaffa and Hammerberg drafted, this is the first time since 2016 that four Buckeyes were selected in the same draft. They are also the fifth and sixth Buckeye pitchers selected over the last two drafts.