Soren (at right), a 6-5, 225 lb. pitcher from Roslyn, N.Y. (Roslyn High School), and Ferdinand, a 6-2, 215 lb. outfielder from Bensalem, Pa. (Archbishop Ryan HS), were both selected by the hometown Philadelphia Philles with Soren picked in the 19th round with the 571st overall pick and Ferdinand in the 35th round as the overall 1,051st pick.
Soren and Ferdinand (below left) became and 20th and 21st former Delaware players selected by the Phillies all-time and the first since infielder Carlos Alonso was selected by the Phillies in 2010.
In all, four Blue Hen standouts were selected during the three-day draft. First baseman Jimmy Yezzo went in the ninth round to the Washington Nationals and pitcher Chad Kuhl was picked in the ninth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
The four picks was the most for the Blue Hens since the 2007 season when five UD players were selected in the draft. With Soren’s 19th round selection, Delaware had three players selected in the first 20 rounds for the first time in school history.
“I’m very happy for Matt,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, who led the squad to a 33-23 record and a third place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association regular season standings this spring. “He is a hard thrower who professional baseball scouts really like and now he has the chance he wanted. He worked hard this year and it paid off for him.
“I’m really excited for Nick as well,” continued Sherman of Ferdinand. “All of his hard work paid off with this opportunity to go play pro baseball. It is truly well-deserved and it just finishes up a great weekend for Delaware baseball to have four guys drafted.”
Soren, a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week in 2013, was one of the team’s most reliable pitchers this spring as he went 4-5 in 15 games with 10 starts and led the team with 81 strikeouts in just 74.2 innings pitched. His 3.62 ERA ranked second among Blue Hen starters.
“I am really excited to be picked by the Phillies,” said Soren. “It is a little ironic since I am a Yankees fan and most of my friends at school are Phillies fans. It took me by surprise a little bit. The best news of the day was hearing that my teammate and best friend Nick Ferdinand was drafted by the Phillies too, which should make the transition nice and easy. I am excited to get things going.”
Ferdinand, a first team All-CAA selection, batted .362 in 54 starts this past spring and led the CAA in home runs with 15 while ranking third in the league in RBI with 61. He also recorded 16 doubles and led the team with 29 walks. He was named the team’s Perry E. Burkett Triple Play Award winner this spring for outstanding committment to the team."I am very honored and blessed to have the opportunity to continue and pursue a career in baseball," said Ferdinand. "The University of Delaware has been so great to me and for that I am grateful. The support I've received from my coaches and teammates as well as the Blue Hen community has been overwhelming. It's a dream come true to play for my hometown team, Philadelphia. I am excited to represent UD as a Phillie and to continue my career in professional baseball. Now the real work begins and I look foward to it."