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Colorado Rockies take Cal Poly pitcher Justin Calomeni in 9th round of MLB Draft

Cal Poly pitcher Justin Calomeni was drafted by the Colorado Rockies on Friday.
Cal Poly pitcher Justin Calomeni was drafted by the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics

Cal Poly junior pitcher Justin Calomeni was selected Friday during the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies.

As one of the Mustangs’ most consistent relief pitchers this spring, Calomeni posted a 5-2 record with eight saves and a 2.95 ERA. The second-team all-conference honoree was taken with the 260th overall selection.

Head coach Larry Lee described the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Calomeni as “electric” for his performance late in Cal Poly’s 32-25 campaign. The San Jose native is the 36th Mustang drafted in the top 10 rounds and the 27th since Lee took over the program in 2003.

Calomeni, who went 8-2 as a freshman in 2014 when Cal Poly hosted the San Luis Obispo Regional, made 22 relief appearances as a junior. He made one start in Big West Conference play after Lee suspended the entire weekend rotation, and struck out a career-high 11 batters in a win against UC Irvine.

Over the course of 39 2/3 innings, Calomeni struck out 61 and walked 19 while holding opponents to a .234 batting average.

The final 30 rounds of the MLB draft will be conducted Saturday. Cal Poly’s Brett Barbier and John Schuknecht are both considered professional prospects.

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