Tanner Banks played two years at Utah after transferring from Salt Lake Community College.
June 7, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah senior pitcher Tanner Banks was selected in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft on Saturday afternoon by the Chicago White Sox.
Banks is the third Utah player selected in this year's draft, joining Mitch Watrous (eighth round, San Diego Padres) and Nick Green (10th round, Kansas City Royals), who were selected on the second day of the draft on Friday. Banks was the 528th overall player selected.
Banks made 18 appearances on the mound this season with eight starts, coming away with a 5.71 ERA. He had 39 strikeouts over 52 innings pitched. Banks ended the regular season 11th in the Pac-12 with 65 hits allowed, and was tied for ninth in the conference with 19 walks allowed. Banks had a career-high nine strikeouts against Sacramento State. He started against 10th-ranked Indiana, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a game that went extra innings.
Banks, who played two years at Utah after transferring from Salt Lake Community College, had four wins during his career, making 29 appearances on the mound with 19 starts. He had 70 strikeouts with a 5.18 earned run average. One of his biggest career wins came over seventh-ranked Oregon in 2013.
Utah also had two signees drafted. Spencer Moran from Mountain View High School in Arizona was an 11th-round selection to the Tampa Bay Rays (337th overall pick). Andre Jackson from Cienega High School in Arizona was a 32nd round pick (966th overall) to the Texas Rangers.
Players have until July 18 to decide whether to sign with a professional team or attend college.