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Three Pacific Athletes selected in Major League Baseball Draft

Tyler Sullivan and Brett Sullivan were selected in the 14th round and Gio Brusa was selected on the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft in recent weeks.
Jun 15, 2015

Tyler and Brett SullivanPacific's Tyler Sullivan and Brett Sullivan were selected early on day three of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. Tyler was taken in the 14th round by the Chicago White Sox and Brett was taken in the 17th round by the Tampa Bay Rays.The White Sox selected the elder Tyler, the Tigers' center fielder, with the 412th overall pick. The Rays chose Brett with the 508th overall pick.

The brothers from Stockton become the 64th and 65th Pacific Tigers selected in baseball's annual draft since 1967.

Tyler Sullivan was a stalwart in the leadoff spot yet again for the Tigers in 2015, hitting a team leading .351 with 16 extra base hits and 19 RBI. He also displayed speed in his senior season, swiping 11 bags in 16 tries. Sullivan earned All-WCC second team honors after the campaign, as he came up with team highs in hits (74) and runs (35).  In four years at Pacific, Tyler was fourth on the Tigers' all-time list in games started (188), hits (224), fifth in runs scored (130), 10th in triples (9), 12th in sacrifices (15), 13th in doubles (34), and 18th in walks (76).

Younger brother Brett hit .275 in 47 games for the Tigers in 2015. He took home the team lead in RBI with 28 along with a team-leading seven homers. His 53 hits was second to Tyler on the Pacific squad. In a stellar sophomore campaign at Pacific, Sullivan earned ABCA All-West Region honors as well as All-WCC First Team designation. He ended the season tied for first on the team with 40 RBI while scoring 36 runs. His 74 hits on the season ranked tied for the 14th most in Pacific program history. In three years at Pacific Brett ranks in the Pacific career top 20 in hits (20th, 175), doubles (10th, 37), triples (2nd, 13th), home runs (13, 17th), runs batted in (96, 13th), and total bases (277, 12th). 

Gio BrusaPacific outfielder Gio Brusa was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 23rd round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. The Tigers' junior was the 701st overall pick.

Brusa, a Lodi, Calif. product, is no stranger to the MLB Draft, as he was taken in the 37th round by the Atlanta Braves in 2012. Prior to the 2012 draft, Brusa turned down an offer from the Boston Red Sox to be selected in the fifth round so he could pursue a college education at Pacific.

He was highly rated in most pre-draft rankings, listed among the top 200 prospects on Monday, however Brusa saw his draft slot fall as word spread he'd be returning to Pacific for his senior campaign. Brusa burst onto the national radar following a breakout summer as the top position player in the Cape Cod League after his sophomore season. Playing for the Brewester Whitecaps, he earned an All-Star recognition after hitting .322 with 20 RBI and six home runs in the nation's most prestigious collegiate summer league. Prior to the 2015 campaign, Brusa was named a Baseball America Preseason 1st Team All-American in addition to Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Pre-Season 2nd Team All-American and a Perfect Game Pre-Season 3rd Team All-American.

Brusa ranks 16th on the Tigers career leaders for doubles with 33 and 21st in home runs with 11.

Read the full news stories at PacificTigers.com

Pacific's Sullivan Brothers Taken In MLB Draft

Brusa Drafted By St. Louis Cardinals

 

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