The two right-handed pitchers become the first Nittany Lion duo to be taken on the first day of the draft since Chris Netwall and Rod Perry were taken in the 13th round back in 2001. It also marks the sixth straight year, and eighth time in the last nine years that Penn State has had players drafted into Major League Baseball. They are the 51st and 52nd Nittany Lion baseball players to be selected since Major League Baseball started the draft in 1965.
Were happy that both Sean and Josh were both drafted, and will have an opportunity to play professional baseball, said Penn State head coach Robbie Wine. Im excited for Josh that he will have an opportunity to continue playing. Wed love to have Sean back if things dont work out with Toronto. But I know this is one of his dreams, and were happy for him.
The Major League Baseball Amateur Draft will continue with the 19th round beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The first 18 rounds were held on Tuesday. The draft can be followed at www.mlb.com.
Stidfole, a 6-foot-3, 193 pound junior, was drafted in the 14th round, 416th overall, by the Blue Jays. He becomes Penn States highest draft pick since Netwall and Perry. He will join former Penn State pitcher, and State College native, Aaron Tressler in the Blue Jays organization. Tressler was drafted last season in the 32nd round.
Stidfole was Penn States normal Friday starter this past season. He finished 6-3 with a 3.89 and a Big Ten leading 87 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. He is seventh on Penn States all-time strikeouts list with 204 career strikeouts. As a junior, Stidfole can elect not to sign with the Blue Jays, and return for his senior season.
Palm, a 6-foot-4, 220 pounder, was taken in the 16th round by the Nationals, formerly known as the Montreal Expos. Palm was previously drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in the 42nd round of the 2001 draft. He was primarily used as a reliever this past season, wrapping up his Penn State playing career with a 2-2 record with five saves and a 5.45 ERA. He struck out 37 batters in 36.1 innings of work.