Former Old Forge standout Kyle McMyne became the first Blue Devil drafted in a Top 10 round when the Cincinnati Reds selected him the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.photo by rick notari
Growing up a true Blue Devil, Old Forge graduate Kyle McMyne refused to wear the color red.
Even as a leader in the Villanova University clubhouse and weight room, he gave his teammates an edict that the color red was not to be worn during baseball functions.
Well the colors in McMyne’s world are about to change.
The Wildcats right-hander was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball first year player draft, making him the first Old Forge alum to be drafted in a Top 10 round.
“The feeling is unreal,” McMyne said in a telephone interview minutes after being selected. “It’s a dream come true to be picked. It’s something I have always wanted and worked for. I have dreamed of this since I was a baby.
“It didn’t matter who selected me, but it is ironic it was the Reds.”
MLB Draft experts and analysts had McMyne being picked anywhere from the late fourth round to early fifth round in reports as early as Monday with likely landing spots listed as Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Pittsburgh or Seattle.
But McMyne said Cincinnati had shown interest during his 2010 summer season in the Cape Cod League, and during his 2011 college season and called about 10 minutes before they selected the 21-year old with the 145th pick in the draft.
“The Reds called about six picks before their selection and said they were going to take me,” said McMyne. “I was going to be happy with any organization that selected me. I’m just ready to play.”
The 2008 Old Forge High School alum caught the eye of scouts two summers ago while playing for the Keene (NH) Swamp Bats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and last summer in the Cape Cod League while playing for the Bourne (MA) Braves. McMyne topped out on the radar gun last summer at 98 mph and consistently threw between 92-94 mph this season for the Wildcats while hitting 96 mph a few times in Big East play.
Baseball America’s scouting report on McMyne states that he possesses a “plus-slider” that he throws at 82-84 mph, and a “12-6” curveball that he throws at 75-78 mph.
McMyne led the Big East in strikeouts per nine innings this season, and was 12th in the nation in the same category with 10.89 Ks per nine innings. He struck out 94 hitters in 77.2 innings pitched – the most by a Villanova pitcher since 1960.
The former three-time Lackawanna League All-Star, who holds the record for career strikeouts at OFHS will learn of his assignment in the Reds organization this week.
A likely landing place for McMyne will be in Goodyear, AZ where Cincinnati has its Spring Training Complex, and Rookie-level team, the AZL Reds. The AZL Reds play in the Arizona Rookie League, and are a team composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents.
Another possibility could be the Billings (Montana) Mustangs, which is the Reds advanced-Rookie team and plays in the Pioneer League.
The Reds have four other minor league teams. At the Class A level, Cincinnati has affiliates with the Dayton (Ohio) Dragons in the Midwest League and the Bakersfield (California) Blaze in the California League. Both Dayton and Bakersfield are managed by former Major League players. Delino DeShields manages the Dragons and Ken Griffey Sr. manages the Blaze.
Cincinnati’s other minor league teams are the Class AA Carolina Mudcats of the South League and the Class AAA Louisville Bats of the International League.