Villanova's Kyle McMyne was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round of the 2011 MLB draft. He was chosen 145th overall and a round earlier than former Wildcat outfielder Matt Szczur, who was a fifth round pick by the Cubs in 2010.
McMyne was among college baseball's most prolific strike-out pitchers, ranking second overall in the BIG EAST with 94 strikeouts (over 77 2/3 innings), for the highest single-season total by a Villanova pitcher since 1960. He lead the Wildcats in wins with four (it was a very rough year), making 14 starts. He held opponents to a .256 batting average against him and allowed a bit less than a hit per inning.
Though he was an important part of the Wildcat starting rotation for the past two seasons, the Reds may view him as a relief prospect. Coach Joe Godri said of his ace:
He has a true power arm as his strikeout stats indicate and also possesses a plus major league slider that will translate extremely well at the next level. Most scouts have indicated to me that Kyle projects as a setup man or closer at the next level.
Despite only starting games for two of his three years on the Main Line, McMyne's career strike-out total is just outside the top-10 in a very long school history (Villanova baseball is the third oldest college program).
Baseball America rated McMyne as a fifth or sixth round talent and the 61st overall right-handed pitcher available in the draft.