SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The University of Delaware baseball program was well represented in the 2018 MLB Draft as Kyle Hinton and Nick Patten were selected Wednesday afternoon.

A right-handed pitcher, Hinton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) was selected in the 16th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft Wednesday afternoon. Hinton joins former Blue Hens pitchers Chad Martin (New York Yankees/High-A), Ron Marinaccio (New York Yankees/GCL) and Chad Kuhl (Pittsburgh Pirates/MLB) in professional baseball.

"We're extremely proud and excited for Kyle" head coach Jim Sherman said. "He's worked extremely hard for this opportunity. From all of us here at UD and Delaware baseball we wish Kyle the best as he begins his next chapter as a professional." 

Serving as Delaware's Friday starting pitcher during conference play, Hinton pitched to an ERA of 2.78 this season. The Delaware native recorded 94 strikeouts in 90.2 innings of work. Throughout his time in Newark, Hinton struck out 167 batters in 165.1 career innings pitching to a career ERA of 4.46.

“I want to thank the entire coaching staff and all of my teammates throughout the years,” Hinton said. “I met some of my best friends here at Delaware and this university and baseball program will always hold a special place in my heart. Today was an unforgettable moment and feeling for me. I’m humbled by all of the messages I have received. Again, without coach Sherm, coach Troy, coach Hammer and coach Grimes, as well as my teammates, I wouldn’t be in this position. Now I’m excited to take the next step and see what the future in professional baseball looks like for me. At the end of the day, I will always be a Blue Hen!”

A 28th round selection by his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, Patten (Butler, Pa./IMG Academy) is the first Blue Hens position player to be drafted since Jimmy Yezzo (7th round/Washington Nationals) and Nick Ferdinand (35th round/Philadelphia Phillies) in 2013.

“Today was a dream come true,” Patten said. “It makes it even more special that I was drafted by my hometown team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates at Delaware because without them I wouldn't be where I am. I would also like to thank my parents for everything that they have done for me. I look forward to watching this program continue to grow and accomplish special things. GO HENS!”

The power-hitting first baseman hit 35 home runs for the Hens in three seasons, driving in 130 career runs. The former IMG Academy product hit .279 as a Blue Hen connecting on 166 hits and scoring 137 runs.

"We're excited for Nick and his opportunity with an organization like the Pirates," Sherman concluded. "It's an organization that we have some familiarity with as Chad was drafted by them a few years ago. Nick and Kyle have both represented our program extremely well both on and off the field."