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Baseball: Ace McMyne picked by Reds

McMyne throwing in the Cape Cod league

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.