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Three more Kent State players were selected on the third and final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Junior Dylan Rosa, who led the Golden Flashes with 14 home runs and 50 RBI last spring, was chosen in the 18th round by the Detroit Tigers -- who picked teammate Luke Burch in the 10th round on Tuesday.
Junior right-handed pitcher Zach Willeman was picked in the 19th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, while junior left-handed pitcher Patrick Dayton was nabbed in the 25th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rosa, an infielder/outfielder from Homer Glen, Ill., hit .314 and added 14 doubles for a .638 slugging percentag as a junior. He earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2017 after being named Second Team All-MAC as a sophomore.
Willeman switched from closer to starter this season and went 6-5 with a 4.91 ERA. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Napolean ranks fourth in KSU history with 21 saves.
Dayton, a redshirt junior from La Jolla, Calif., went 2-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 23 appearances with four saves in 2017. He struck out 37 batters while walking just four in 26 innings of work.
Kent State had four players selected in the first 20 rounds of the draft for the first time since 2011, and the five total picks were the most since 2013. In addition to Burch (outfield), redshirt sophomore left-handed pitcher Jake Latz was chosen in the fifth round by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
"To have five guys drafted from any team, let alone a program in the north, is an astronomical feat," said KSU coach Jeff Duncan. "This is a testament to the hard work the coaching staff has put into recruiting and developing these young players, and to their hard work and talents. Luke, Dylan, Zach and Patrick were never drafted out of high school. Patrick Dayton redshirted his freshman year and worked so hard to contribute to this program."
The Flashes have had eight players drafted in the past two years, including five picks in the top 13 rounds.
"These guys helped us win 81 games, the most by a northern school, and two (regular season) conference championships the past two years," said Duncan. "I'm proud of everyone in this program for these achievements."