Selected to begin the 15th round (No. 436 overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (6/10), becoming the highest Triton affiliate chosen since 1989 ... Signed a professional contract on June 18 ... Consensus All-American and West Region Pitcher of the Year in 2015 ... Set UCSD's Division II-era record for strikeouts in a game with 13 in 2014, as well as single season marks for ERA (1.74), strikeouts (111) and opposing batting average (.186) in 2015 ... Tossed the first one-hit, nine-inning individual shutout, and the first individual one-hitter, by a Triton pitcher in the Division II era in 2015 ... Eighth all-time at UCSD with a 2.83 career ERA ... UCSD went 18-8 over his 26 career starts ... Reached double figures in strikeouts in four games as a Triton.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2015
NCBWA National Pitcher of the Year ... NCBWA All-America First Team ... Daktronics All-America Second Team ... ABCA/Rawlings All-America Second Team ... Daktronics West Region Pitcher of the Year ... ABCA/Rawlings West Region Pitcher of the Year ... NCBWA West Region Pitcher of the Year ... CCAA Most Valuable Pitcher ... Daktronics All-West Region First Team ... ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region First Team ... NCBWA All-West Region First Team ... All-CCAA First Team ... One of 26 semifinalists for third annual Josh Willingham Award, presented by Perfect Game to Division II's most valuable player (5/14) ... One of 32 semifinalists for second annual Brett Tomko Award, presented by D2 Baseball News to Division II's top pitcher (4/17) ... One of eight finalists for both Tomko and Willingham awards (5/23) ... One of 10 UCSD Athletes of the Year ... CCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... One of 10 (from all levels of college baseball) Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week (3/9) ... Two-time NCBWA West Region Pitcher of the Week (3/3 and 4/14) ... Three-time CCAA Pitcher of the Week (3/3, 4/14 and 4/21) ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February ... Four-time UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (3/2, 4/13, 4/20 and 5/11) ... NCBWA Preseason All-West Region Second Team ... Broke Division II-era (since 2001) UCSD single-season records in ERA (1.74), strikeouts (111) and opposing batting average (.186) ... Longest of several shutout streaks was 34.1 innings, encompassing first 31.2 frames of his CCAA season ... Also had shutout stretches of 16.0 and 15.2 innings ... UCSD went 9-1 in his CCAA starts, with a lone loss at Cal State L.A. in final week of regular season, and 10-4 in his 14 starts overall ... Allowed runs in only six of his 14 starts, and just once in back-to-back outings, both at the NCAA West Regional (three days' rest in between) ... Led CCAA in ERA for much of the season, taking a miniscule 0.78 ERA into the West Regional ... Season ERA was under 1.00 after 11 of his 14 starts, dipping as low as 0.28 after 7.1 shutout frames vs. Chico State (3/6) ... Was as high as second nationally in Division II in ERA, and third among all three NCAA divisions (0.55 on April 27) ... Struck out 111 (nearly double his previous career high of 59 in 2014) and walked 17 over his career-best 88.0 innings, for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.53 ... Surrendered just two home runs all year, both solo shots to the CCAA leader ... Finished third in CCAA in ERA, first in strikeouts and tied for second with nine wins ... Finished tied for fourth nationally in Division II in strikeouts, seventh in WHIP (0.88), tied for 18th in wins, 19th in ERA, 20th in strikeouts per nine innings (11.35), and 26th in hits allowed per nine innings (6.14) ... Tossed first career complete game, a one-hit shutout on just 98 pitches, at Cal State East Bay (2/27) with 11 strikeouts, retiring first 14 batters in a row and ultimately allowing just two base-runners on a two-out single through the left side in the fifth inning and a hit-by-pitch to lead off the seventh ... Struck out 11 in 6.0 shutout innings at Sonoma State (3/27) ... Fanned a season-high 12 over 6.0 shutout innings vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (4/10) ... Retired first 12 batters en route to 8.0 innings of shutout baseball (2 H, 0 BB) with six strikeouts at Cal State Stanislaus (4/17) ... Threw another 8.0 shutout frames (2 H, 2 BB, 9 K) against CSUMB on first day of CCAA Championship (5/7).
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014
Daktronics All-West Region Second Team ... ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Second Team ... NCBWA All-West Region honorable mention ... All-CCAA First Team ... CCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (3/10) ... Went 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA in his first season in the starting rotation, taking the ball for the CCAA series openers and compiling a 7-1 record with one no-decision and 50 strikeouts in league outings ... Opponents hit at just a .226 clip ... Struck out a career-high 13 to set a new single-game program record for the Division II era vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (3/6), tossing a career-long 8.1 shutout innings in a 1-0 win with three hits against and no walks ... Took a no-hitter into the seventh against the Toros before a two-out double ... Threw 7.0 strong frames (4 H, 2 R, 3 BB) and earned the decision as UCSD ended then-15th-ranked and previously undefeated Cal Poly Pomona's perfect 10-0 start to the campaign with a 4-2 road win (2/20) ... In first career conference start, out-dueled 2014 CCAA Pitcher of the Year Nick Baker of rival Chico State, tossing 6.0 shutout, one-hit innings (2 BB, 6 SO) in an 8-1 victory.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013
Made 10 appearances on the mound, with one start ... Tossed a scoreless ninth in college debut vs. No. 20 Colorado Mesa (2/2) ... Drew first career start vs. Point Loma (2/12), allowing a single run on two hits and one walk while striking out one over a season-long 3.0 innings ... Threw 1.1 shutout frames in the doubleheader nightcap at Cal Poly Pomona (3/2) to earn his first decision as a Triton, a win.
Member of the Santa Paula Halos of the California Collegiate League (CCL) during the 2013 summer ... Did not throw during the 2014 summer.
A 2012 graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita ... Named Foothill League Pitcher of the Year and Team MVP as a senior in 2012 while captaining the Centurions to the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals ... Went 9-3 on the mound with a 2.14 ERA, six complete games, two saves, 62 strikeouts and 27 walks over 88.1 innings pitched ... Hit .303 with 19 RBI ... 2012 Saugus Scholar-Athlete Award ... Most Improved in 2011, when he went 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA, two complete games, one save, 32 strikeouts and 13 walks over 48.1 innings while batting .310 with six RBI.
Born Sept. 16, 1994 in Panorama City ... Parents are Gary and Barbara Donatella, both teachers who attended CSUN and UCLA, respectively ... Father was also formerly the baseball head coach at Sylmar High School ... Has one younger brother named Anthony, a senior left-handed pitcher and first baseman at Saugus High School ... Management science major at Warren College ... Career goal is to pursue a professional baseball career ... Winning the CCAA tournament title as a sophomore in 2014 is his favorite UCSD moment ... Roots for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Pittsburgh Steelers ... Fan of former major-league infielder David Eckstein ... Top movie is For Love of the Game ... Listens to "anything country" ... Loves pasta ... Lists father, grandfather and past coaches among greatest influences.
CAREER PITCHING HIGHS (current through 2015 season)
Innings Pitched: 9.0, 2/27/15 at Cal State East Bay
Hits: 11, 2 times (last 4/30/15 at Cal State L.A.)
Runs: 9, 5/14/15 vs. Azusa Pacific
Earned Runs: 7, 5/14/15 vs. Azusa Pacific
Walks: 3, 5 times (last 2/19/15 at Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Strikeouts: 13, 3/6/14 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS (current through 2015 season)
2013: .500 (0-2-2)
2014: .938 (2-13-1)
2015: 1.000 (1-15-0)
TOTALS: .917 (3-30-3)