University of Delaware Lefthanded Pitcher Brandon Hinkle Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball Draft
Hinkle, a 5-11, 180 lb. health behavior science major with a minor in coaching at Delaware, was the lone Blue Hen player picked in the annual draft and became the fifth UD player in the last two years and the seventh since 2010 selected.
“Words can't describe how I feel about being selected, it's such an honor,” said Hinkle, who was the fifth lefthanded pitcher selected by the Blue Jays. “I couldn't have done it without my teammates, and most importantly without the support of my parents (George and Sophia) throughout the years. They have always been there and I'm so happy they could be with me when I got the call.”
A native of Lancaster, Pa. (Hempfield High School), Hinkle becomes the second member of his family to play in the professional ranks. His older brother, Austin, was selected by Tampa Bay in the 41st round of the 2007 draft and pitched in the minors for three seasons.
“This is a great way for Brandon to go out on his career at Delaware with being drafted,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, who has now seen 26 of his Delaware players drafted during his 14-year tenure as head coach of the Blue Hens. “He worked so hard for this opportunity."
Hinkle put in a solid season in 2014 despite battling injuries for part of the campaign. He appeared in 10 games with nine starts and posted a 5-1 record to go with a 4.61 earned run average. He struck out 55 batters in just 54 innings during the spring and batters hit just .255 against him.
He enjoyed one of his top efforts in his final collegiate appearance when he went eight innings and allowed just eight hits and two runs while striking out four in a 3-2 win over Northeastern in the third round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at Wilmington, N.C. on May 22.
For his career, Hinkle appeared in 40 games with 10 starts and posted a 7-3 record and a 4.89 earned run average while striking out 76 batters in 73.2 innings.
Hinkle will become the seventh former Blue Hen competing in professional baseball’s minor leagues this summer, joining outfielder Nick Ferdinand (Philadelphia), pitcher Chad Kuhl (Pittsburgh), first baseman Jimmy Yezzo (Washington), infielder Carlos Alonso (Philadelphia), infielder/outfielder Alex Buchholz (Texas), and pitcher Matt Soren (Independent League). Buchholz is just one step from the Major Leagues as a current member of the AAA Round Rock Express.