Round 39 selection (No. 1165) of the Baltimore Orioles during 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (6/6), as draft-eligible sophomore ... Did not sign contract before July 6 deadline, thus returning to UC San Diego for 2019 season with two years of college eligibility remaining ... Along with Jonah Dipoto and Logan White, Jr., one of three Tritons on 2019 roster who have previously earned MLB draft selection.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2018
CCAA All-Academic ... CCAA Spring All-Academic ... Made 15 appearances, all in relief ... Went 1-0 with 3.69 ERA, three lengthy saves and 37 strikeouts against 20 walks over 31.2 innings ... Opponents hit .246 with one home run ... Combined on pair of shutouts for second straight year ... Career-high eight strikeouts over career-long 4.1 shutout innings in season debut vs. Concordia Irvine (2/10), earning first collegiate decision.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2017
Made six appearances, all in relief ... College debut came in first game of doubleheader vs. Concordia (OR) (2/4), going a season-long 2.0 innings with first three strikeouts ... Had five more stints of 1.0 frames each, with four of them scoreless ... Totaled 7.0 innings and six strikeouts, while not surrendering an extra-base hit.
Pitched in one game on June 26 (1.2 IP, H, 0 R, BB) for Cotuit (Mass.) Kettleers of Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) during 2018 summer, becoming first Triton to appear in arguably best summer league in country under head coach Eric Newman, and first since 2006 ... Left Cotuit due to roster logjam following College World Series, and moved on to La Crosse (Wis.) Loggers of Northwoods League ... Teammates with Nick Kitzmann for Wilson (N.C.) Tobs of Coastal Plain League (CPL) during 2017 summer ... Pitched for Chillicothe (Mo.) Mudcats of MINK League during 2016 summer.
A 2015 graduate of Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach ... Pitched and also played third base and outfield for the Sea Kings.
Born May 13 in Newport Beach ... Parents are Martin and Eileen Stuka ... Father played baseball at UCLA and lettered as a pitcher in 1981 and 1982 ... Has a younger brother named Luc ... International studies-international business major at Sixth College ... Would like to play professional baseball and then start his own business ... A memorable baseball moment is playing in Cuba ... Favorite UC San Diego moment is 2017 fall with Troy Cruz, Adrian Orozco, Preston Mott and Brandon Stewart ... Enjoys Spikeball, golf, basketball and the beach ... Roots for Los Angeles Dodgers, Rams and Lakers ... Top movie is Good Will Hunting ... Loves meat.
CAREER PITCHING HIGHS (current through 2018 season)
Innings Pitched: 4.1, 2/10/18 vs. Concordia Irvine
Hits: 10, 3/25/18 at Cal State Monterey Bay-2
Runs: 6, 3/25/18 at Cal State Monterey Bay-2
Earned Runs: 6, 3/25/18 at Cal State Monterey Bay-2
Walks: 4, 2 times (last 4/27/18 vs. Cal State LA)
Strikeouts: 8, 2/10/18 vs. Concordia Irvine
CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS (current through 2018 season)
2017: 1.000 (2-1-0)
2018: .750 (2-1-1)
TOTALS: .857 (4-2-1)