UCSD's Ace Could Be San Diego's Best Pitcher

Tritons star is ready for a pro career

UC San Diego has built a tremendous baseball program. But, it is still a Division II program. Typically, of the approximately 1220 picks in each year’s MLB Draft, only about 70, around 6-percent, come out of Division II schools.

So why have professional scouts been flocking by the dozen to watch the Tritons this season? Because of one man: Justin Donatella.

Donatella is 6-foot-6 and weighs 225 pounds with a fastball in the low-to-mid 90’s, a swing-and-miss slider and what he calls a, “changeup in development.”

Watch to see why the righty who just won the California Collegiate Athletic Associaton's Most Valuable Pitcher of 2015 has had a career that's eerily similar to another former college starter from San Diego.

Justin Donatella is going to be taken early in June’s MLB Draft.

On Thursday night at 7:00 the Tritons play the first game of the conference tournament against Cal State-Monterey Bay in Stockton.

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