RHP Tanner Jesson-Dalton, 17th round (522nd overall) - Chicago Cubs
With their 17th round (522nd overall) pick, the Chicago Cubs have selected RHP Tanner Jesson-Dalton.
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alta.
Height/Weight: 6’3” 190 lbs.
School: Sacramento State
Coach: Reggie Christiansen
Previous Teams: Prairie Baseball Academy, Lethbridge Bulls, Fort Macleod Royals
Previous Coaches: Todd Hubka, Jesse Sawyer, Joel Blake
2019 season, senior year at Sacramento State: Valuable veteran relief arm for a young Hornets team, deployed in high-leverage situations out of the bullpen ... Pitched to a 2.14 ERA over 59 innings (67 strikeouts and 19 walks) with a 10.22 K/9 rate and just two home runs allowed ... Allowed just one run and four hits and struck out five in five innings in a starting assignment to lead Hornets to win over UC Santa Barbara in the second game of NCAA Regional Tournament on June 1 … Held the line in a win over North Dakota State, allowing two runs on three hits and punching out five over the final two innings ... Took the loss against Pacific despite only allowing one run over three relief innings, collecting four Ks ... Picked up the win with four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, holding UCLA to two hits and striking out five against two walks ... Slammed the door on Towson for a six-out save, allowing a lone single and striking out the final four batters faced ... Fired two innings in a blowout win against Towson, with one strikeout and one hit allowed ... Picked up his second save with a three up, three down ninth against Rider ... Breezed through the ninth against Rider, striking out the leadoff man and inducing a double-play ball to erase a one-out single ... Pitched scoreless ninth innings against San Jose State, UT Rio Grande Valley, and Cal ... Struck out three with two walks over two innings against UT Rio Grande Valley ... Allowed a run on two walks in an inning of relief against Nevada ... Pitched the ninth and 10th to earn win against CSU Bakersfield, allowing a run on two hits with one strikeout ... Recorded his third save with a clean ninth against CSU Bakersfield ... Collected another win against CSU Bakersfield with a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and one walk fanning two ... Spun three innings of one-hit ball, walking one and striking out four, to save a win against Seattle U ... Racked up four strikeouts over two hitless innings to earn the win against Chicago State ... Cruised through three hitless innings against New Mexico State, striking out three with a walk ... Allowed a run on two hits with two strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings against Northern Colorado ... Scooped up his fifth save with a clean ninth against Nevada, recording a strikeout ... Locked down a four-our save with two Ks against Utah Valley ... Saddled with the loss against Grand Canyon, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and a walk in three innings, while striking out seven ... Walked three and gave up a run on two hits in a loss to Utah Valley ... Started against UT Rio Grande Valley, lasting three innings and allowing two run (one earned) on a hit and two walks, striking out four
2018 season, junior year at Sacramento State: Appeared in a team-high 32 games ... Was 1-2 with a 3.02 ERA and a team-leading 10 saves ... Threw 41.2 innings, striking out 43 and walking 15 ... Opponents hit .243 against him … Threw two perfect innings with four strikeouts at New Mexico State ... Threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts against Arizona ... From March 1 through May 1, was 1-0 with nine saves and a 1.08 ERA (three ER, 25 IP) in 18 games ... Did not allow hit in 13 of his 32 outings and did not allow a run in 21 of his 32 outings ... Had one putout and five assists and did not commit an error.
2017 season with Prairie Baseball Academy: Went 4-1 with a 3.63 ERA in six starts, punching out 50 in 34 innings ... Twirled two gems in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference playoffs, blanking the University of Calgary on three hits over six innings and downing the University of Fraser Valley with a complete game, four-hit shutout in the semi-finals.
2019 Honours: Selected to the WAC All-Conference preseason team ... Named Sacramento State student-athlete of the week after throwing a career-high four relief innings to lead the Hornets to a 2-1 win over favored UCLA. Struck out five Bruins to secure Sacramento State’s first win over a top-five ranked program since 2016
2018 Honours: Named WAC Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weeks (April 23 and April 30) ... Academic All-WAC.