SECAUCUS, N.J. -- University of Delaware junior first baseman Jimmy Yezzo received the call he was waiting for late Friday afternoon as the Blue Hen slugger was selected in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Yezzo (at right), who earlier this year was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as well as a first team All-American by Louisville Slugger, became the first UD player to be drafted since 2010 and was the highest UD pick since outfielder Alex Buchholz was a sixth round selection by Cincinnati in 2008. Buchholz is currently playing in the Texas Rangers organization.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Yezzo, a left-handed slugger who hails from Cherry Hill, N.J. (Bishop Eustace High School). “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play in a great organization. I’m excited to get out and start playing.”

Yezzo is one of four members of the 2013 Blue Hen team who was expected to be selected in this year’s draft. Pitchers Chad Kuhl and Matt Soren and outfielder Nick Ferdinand could also get the call when the draft concludes with round 11 through 40 on Saturday. Fans can follow the draft at

Yezzo was the final pick of the seventh round, the sixth selection overall by the Nationals, and was the 10th first baseman selected overall.

"We are all proud of Jimmy,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, who has now had 22 of his players selected in the draft. “He is very deserving and it played out just about where we thought he would be drafted. I know he is a big Phillies fan but now he's going to have to make the switch to the Nationals. This is just tremendous honor for Jimmy and our program.”

Yezzo, who also was named the University of Delaware Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year last month and is one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes National Player of the Year Award, led the Colonial Athletic Association with a .410 batting average and 28 doubles during the 2013 season and also ranked second in the league with 13 home runs and with 64 runs batted in. He led the nation in batting for several weeks during the season and currently ranks No. 3 nationally in that category and No. 7 in runs batted in per game. He committed just one error in 515 chances at first base.

A health behavior sciences major at Delaware, Yezzo led the Blue Hens to a record of 33-22 this past spring, a third place finish in the CAA standings, and a berth in the CAA Tournament.