In the 18th round of the 2019 MLB Draft (pick #537), the Toronto Blue Jays have selected pitcher Brandon Eisert from Oregon State University.
Congratulations are due for Brandon Eisert, who has been selected in the 18th round by the @BlueJays #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/wNbhm9Gn0t— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) June 5, 2019
After being a Freshman All American in 2017, Eisert emerged as an elite relief pitcher in 2018. He totaled 9 saves those two seasons, and as time went on began to be relied on as a long relief option. One of his most noteworthy appearances was in Game 2 of the 2018 College World Series Championship. After Bryce Fehmel left the game early, Eisert pitched 5 innings, limiting the damage the Razorbacks could do before OSU mounted their improbable comeback.
After injuries to the starting lineup, Eisert was made a full time starter in 2019. He was almost immediately promoted to Friday starter, and posted an 8-2 record and a 2.08 ERA before injuries slowed him down toward the end of the season.
Brandon Eisert has always been one of the most effective pitchers for Oregon State baseball. His size and lack of elite speed knocked his draft stock a bit, but being drafted in the 18th round is still impressive and I would expect him to sign with the Blue Jays. A return for his senior season is not out of the question though.