FAYETTEVILLE — The San Diego Padres drafted Arkansas Razorbacks senior pitcher Dominic Taccolini with the 288th overall pick (10th round) in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft Tuesday.
The Sugar Land, Texas native pitched for four seasons, compiling a 4.83 ERA with 231 innings pitched and 197 strikeouts. He totaled 45 or more strikeouts over each of the last three seasons, including 60-plus strikeouts in 2015 and 2016.
Over the past season, Taccolini was used in both a starter’s and reliever’s role, generating a career-low 4.24 ERA in 51 innings. He held batters to a .225 average, the fourth lowest among all Razorback starting pitchers. He also picked up wins against Bryant on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, ULM on March 7, and Vanderbilt on May 14, making him one of six pitchers with four or more victories.
Taccolini made five starts in his 20 appearances in 2017 and in those five starts, he was able to throw four or more innings four times and gave up two runs or less three times. Against ULM, Taccolini struck out 10 batters over six innings, walking two and giving up just two earned runs for, arguably, his best outing of the year.
Against Mississippi State on March 19, Taccolini also earned two saves, going the final four innings against the Bulldogs with five strikeouts, and at Missouri, where he struck out four over the final three innings without giving up a run.
During his junior season, Taccolini turned in one of the best performances in school history when he threw a complete 10-inning shutout against Kentucky, which included a career-high 10 strikeouts and no walks, while allowing five hits.
The outing was the longest by any starting pitcher in the NCAA last season and longest by a Razorback since Clint Brannon went 11 innings in 2004.
Taccolini follows Trevor Stephan, Chad Spanberger, and Cannon Chadwick as the newest Razorbacks drafted over the last two days and is the first Hog taken by the Padres since Logan Forsythe and Aaron Murphree in 2008.
Wednesday will be the final day of the draft and will include rounds 11-40 starting at 11:00 a.m. All selections can be followed on MLB.com.
The signing deadline for underclassmen and high school seniors selected in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft is July 7.