Former Ohio State pitchers Nathan Karaffa, Ethan Hammerberg chosen in 2022 MLB draft

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch
The Ohio State University athletic department logo, 2017. [provided by OSU]

In the final round of the 2022 MLB draft, two Ohio State baseball pitchers were selected within nine picks of one another. 

First, one season after playing primarily left field and second base, Ohio State's Nathan Karaffa was selected as a pitcher with the No. 602 pick in the 20th round of the 2022 MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday. 

Then, right-handed relief pitcher Ethan Hammerberg was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the No. 611 pick in the 20th round. 

Ohio State finished the 2022 MLB draft with four draft picks, with Karaffa and Hammerberg joining right-handed pitcher TJ Brock who was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 188 pick in the sixth round Monday, and shortstop Zach Dezenzo, who was picked by the Houston Astros with the No. 373 overall pick in the sixth round. 

Heading into his junior season,  Karaffa moved to the bullpen, pitching 28.1 innings for the Buckeyes in 25 games. he posted a 6.35 ERA, allowing 20 earned runs on 38 hits, while recording 36 strikeouts. 

At the plate, Karaffa hit .190 for Ohio State, hitting two home runs and driving in 15 RBI in 56 career games. 

Ever since he arrived at Ohio State for the 2020 season, Hammerberg has come out of the bullpen, posting a career 4.84 ERA in 34 appearances for the Buckeyes over the course of three seasons, allowing 24 earned runs on 41 hits in 44.2 innings pitched, while recording 65 strikeouts, averaging 13.1 per nine innings pitched. 

Hammerberg leaves Ohio State with six saves in three seasons, each of which was recorded in 2022. 

The Ohio State baseball program has 114 draft picks in program history, 31 coming during the tenure of former head coach Greg Beals, who was fired May 22 after 11 seasons with the Buckeyes

Ohio State has had 38 players make it to the major leagues, including, most recently, left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully for the Cleveland Guardians. 

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