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June 8, 2011

Eight Ivies Selected in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft

Portions courtesy Brown Sports Information, Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletic Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications, Penn Athletic Communications, Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Eight Ivy League baseball players were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, held Tuesday and Wednesday. Six of the League's eight institutions were represented including Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Yale. The list also included two selections each for the Quakers and Bulldogs.

8th Round, 264th pick, Texas Rangers - Kyle Hendricks (Dartmouth, Jr., RHP)
The Texas Rangers selected Dartmouth junior Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.). Hendricks is the 27th Big Green player to be taken in the amateur draft since its inception in 1965, and it is the second time he has been chosen having been selected in the 39th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of high school in 2008. He is also the only Ivy League player to be taken in the first 10 rounds this year.

Hendricks, a 6-3 190-pound right-handed pitcher, was third in the Ivy League with a 2.47 ERA while going 5-3 in 62.0 innings with four complete games in his junior campaign to earn first-team All-Ivy honors. His five victories tied for the league lead while his 70 strikeouts ranked second in the conference. Opponents hit just .236 against the 6-3, 190-pound right-hander, and he walked just 11 batters (1.60 per nine innings). In one start against Army, he fanned 15 batters, the most by a Big Green pitcher in 39 years.

In 32 appearances and 30 starts over his three years at Dartmouth, Hendricks has posted a 4.87 ERA and a 15-12 record. He has thrown 186.2 innings and struck out 174, which ranks eighth all-time at the college.

22nd Round, 683rd pick, San Diego Padres - Matt Colantonio (Brown, Sr., C)
Brown senior catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) will now fly directly to Phoenix, Ariz., for mini-camp before heading to the Padres' short-season single-A affiliate in Eugene, Ore.

Colantonio, an All-Ivy League Second Team Selection in 2011, led the Bears with a .301 average, 136 at-bats, 31 runs, 41 hits, 12 doubles, a .426 slugging percentage and a .424 on-base percentage. The senior is seventh all-time in Brown baseball history with 171 games played and ninth with 132 runs scored. Colantonio's .462 on-base percentage in league games was third in the conference and his 17 runs scored were eighth-best.

23rd Round, 708th pick, Colorado Rockies - Brook Hart (Yale, Sr., LHP)
Yale senior LHP Brook Hart  went 4-5 in the 2011 season, leading all starting pitchers on the Bulldog team with a 2.23 earned run average. He appeared in 11 games with nine starts. He finished the season with four complete games, tied with fellow senior Vinny Lally for the most complete games on the staff. Hart struck out 47 batters with 13 walks. He allowed 26 runs, but only 16 earned runs, in 64.2 innings pitched.

Hart finished the 2011 season second on the Bulldogs in wins (4), starts (9) and innings pitched. He was third in strikeouts (47), but led the team in strikeouts looking (15). Hart was selected to the 2011 All-Ivy Team as an honorable mention choice, the first All-Ivy honor of his career.

29th Round, 901st pick, Philadelphia Phillies - Paul Cusick (Penn, Sr., RHP)
Penn senior RHP Paul Cusick became the first Penn player selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft since Brian Winnings was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in 2004.

Cusick, a 6-foot-3 pitcher from Wilmington, Del., who grew up a Phillies fan, was the 2011 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 2.70 ERA and a 5-3 record. Over his 66.2 innings of work, Cusick struck out a team-high 80 batters which is tied for the second-most strikeouts in a single season by a Penn pitcher. His 200 strikeouts for his career are the fourth-most by a Penn hurler. Reaching base was difficult for opposing players against Cusick, as he allowed just 56 hits over the course of the season (only 10 of those went for extra bases). Three times during the spring, Cusick strike out 11 or more hitters including a pair of 12-strikeout games.

Cusick, a first-team All-Ivy and first-team All-Big Five pitcher in 2011, was the Ivy League's Player of the Week for April 5 and was named Big Five Player of the Week three times this season.

35th Round, 1,066th pick, Oakland Athletics - Max Perlman (Harvard, Sr., RHP)
Harvard Crimson RHP Max Perlman was a former Freshman All-America selection, Perlman earned a spot on the All-Ivy League first team in 2011 after leading all starting pitchers in earned run average with a 1.80 mark. Perlman threw 60.0 innings in which he allowed just 46 hits while striking out 55. His finest outings came against Yale as he fanned 10, walked one and scattered four hits in a nine-inning, complete-game shutout of the Bulldogs.

47th Round, 1,433rd pick, San Diego Padres - Vince Vioro (Penn, Sr., RHP)
Penn senior RHP Vince Voiro, a 6-4 hurler from Cherry Hill, N.J., struck out a career-high 57 hitters during the 2011 season while allowing just 24 walks. He threw five complete games as part of his career-best 61.0 innings pitched and finished with a 4-5 record. At Norfolk State on March 19, Voiro tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out ten batters and not allowing a walk over the seven innings.

Voiro's stock rose last summer when he was named one of the "Top Prospects" in the Valley Baseball League by Baseball America. Pitching for the Woodstock River Bandits, Voiro was ranked the sixth-best prospect in the VBL by Baseball America following his team-high five wins to go with a 3.08 ERA. He fanned 59 batters in 52.2 innings of work while limiting opposing hitters to a .207 batting average. All of those numbers were the best on Woodstock by a pitcher with more than ten innings on the mound.

49th Round, 1,481st pick, Milwaukee Brewers - Gant Elmore (Yale, Sr., INF)
Yale senior David (Gant) Elmore (Bloomington, Ind.), an All-Ivy League Second Team selection in 2010, finished the season hitting .240 with a .329 on-base percentage. He walked 11 times and struck out only 14 times. He started all 39 games in which he appeared. Defensively, the second baseman posted a .964 fielding percentage, committing only six errors in 107 attempts. He led the Bulldogs with 107 assists.

49th Round, 1,492nd pick, Boston Red Sox - Jadd Schmeltzer (Cornell, Sr., RHP)
Big Red senior Jadd Schmeltzer hailing from Tappan, N.Y., was a 2011 All-Ivy honorable mention selection after going 3-4 with a team-best 3.63 ERA. In 52.0 innings pitched, Schmeltzer fanned 38 and held opposing batters to a .266 batting average. In nine total appearances (all starts) he tossed two complete games including one shutout.