June 7, 2014
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Army senior left-handed pitcher Nick Dignacco was selected in the 40th round by the Texas Rangers, Saturday in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Dignacco was the 1,206th choice of the annual professional draft and is the 11th Army baseball player to be drafted and the first since Kevin McKague and J.T.Watkins in 2012.
A starting pitcher from Sharon, Conn., Dignacco went 6-3 during his senior season and helped Army win the Patriot League regular season championship.
Dignacco was watching the draft on-lne at his parents' home in Connecticut but left to get some air. He was following along on his phone at a gas station when the Rangers' pick came up and his phone rang with the news.
A first-team All-Patriot League selection, Dignacco made 13 appearances during 2014, all starts. He fired four complete games and totaled 80.2 innings.
Dignacco struck out 79 and walked just 17. He surrendered 65 hits, 24 runs and 21 earned runs.
Dignacco missed his junior year due to injury.
During his sophomore campaign, he posted a 7-2 record with nine starts, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Patriot League games. He collected 66.2 innings pitched, struck out 58 and walked 18.
Dignacco pitched in nine games during his freshman season and struck out 21 in 36.1 innings of work. He became one of Army's weekend starters, a spot he held during all four of his seasons.
A recently comissioned second lieutenent, Dignacco is in the midst of summer leave. He is expected to sign a contact shortly and will be assigned to one of the Rangers' affiliates.