OCALA-- College of Central Florida pitcher Michael Cetta was drafted in the 24th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Draft this past weekend.
Cetta went 6-5 with a 4.48 ERA for the Patriots, who finished third in the state this past season. In seven of his 12 starts, Cetta fanned at least six batters.
He opened his lone season at CF with a win on opening day over Pensacola State. Cetta struck out a season-high nine in the victory over PSC.
From there, he struck out eight in five innings of CF's win over eventual national runner-up Miami Dade College.
Cetta then went 4-2 in Mid-Florida Conference play and helped the Patriots finish second in the conference behind St. Johns River State.
At the state tournament, Cetta came up with a quality start against Miami Dade, as the Patriots became the only team to knock off the Sharks at state.
Cetta became the fourth CF player over the past three years to be taken in the MLB Draft.
Last year, Darren Fischer was selected last year in the 16th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2012, Yoenny Gonzalez (St. Louis Cardinals) and Melvin Mercedes (Oakland A's) were selected in the eigth round.