Pomona-Pitzer’s Tanner Nishioka drafted by Red Sox

Pomona-Pitzer senior second baseman Tanner Nishioka was selected in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball free agent draft on Tuesday.

Tanner Nishioka

He was the 281st overall pick, the highest ever for a Sagehen baseball player and the first to be drafted since David Colvin was selected by the Mariners in the 27th round of the 2011 draft.

“I’m really happy,” said Nishioka. “I’ve worked really hard for this opportunity and have had a lot of help from my coaches and teammates to get here, so it feels awesome.”

“The work ethic that this program is built around helped me put my best effort in everything I do and helped me become a better player. Now the real hard work starts. I’m looking forward to the new challenges and competing with professional baseball players.”

Nishioka was a star for the Sagehen baseball team all season. He was named SCIAC Player of the Year even though the team finished just sixth in the conference. He was also a first team All-American, Academic All-American and Division III West Region Player of the Year.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for Tanner,” said Sagehen Head Coach Frank Pericolosi. “He worked so hard throughout his career at Pomona-Pitzer and his selection in the draft is the culmination of all that hard work.”

Nishioka led the nation in home runs with 18 and slugging percentage at .888. He also finished the season with a .441 batting average with 53 RBI, 67 hits, and 48 runs scored.

He ends his career top-six in program history in hits (254), home runs (36), batting average (.395), runs (189), and RBI (166). Nishioka also ranks seventh in single season batting average (.441) and is tied for third in home runs in a single season (18).

Recent Sagehens Signed by MLB Teams

1995 – Emiliano Escandon – 29th Round – Royals
2003 – Jose Cortez – 14th Round – Phillies
2004 – Adam Gardner – Free Agent Sign – Giants
2005 – Jase Turner – 27th Round – Royals
2009 – Drew Hedman – 50th Round – Red Sox
2010 – James Kang – 45th Round – Red Sox
2011 – David Colvin – 27th Round – Mariners
2017 – Tanner Nishioka – 9th Round – Red Sox

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Sagehens’ Simon Rosenbaum named national baseball player of week

Sophomore first baseman Simon Rosenbaum of Pomona-Pitzer has been named the first National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III Player of the Week for games through March 2.

He was also selected to the D3Baseball.com National Team of the Week.

Rosenbaum led the Sagehens to a doubleheader sweep of Redlands on Sunday, in the only two games played due to rain for the nominating period, batting eight-for-eight with 10 RBIs. He was 3-for-3 with a 8 RBI in the opener, hitting a two-run double in the first, a three-run double in the second, a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and a two-run homer in the seventh.

He was then 5-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI in the nightcap, capping off his day with two hits in a seven-run eighth of a 14-4 win which included opening the frame with a double and ending it with an RBI single. He also added a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Of his eight hits in the doubleheader, five resulted in RBI and three led off innings to set the table, while he also had a walk and a hit by pitch to his credit.

Rosenbaum had another big day on Monday against Redlands (which was not part of the nominating period), going 3-for-4 with a homer and a double, finishing off the three-game series 11-for-12 with 12 RBI. His two-run homer in that game went an estimated 440 feet, clearing the trees behind the 360-foot left-field fence.

Rosenbaum is hitting .550 on the season.

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