RICHMOND, Va. – It's every baseball players dream to get the chance to play for a Major League Baseball team. On Wednesday afternoon, VCU junior pitcher Kyle Haynes moved one step closer to reaching that dream.
The Stafford, Va., native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round on the final day of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Haynes is the first player in VCU program history to ever be selected by the Pirates.
Haynes has been a mainstay in the Rams rotation since arriving on campus in the fall of 2009, making at least 10 starts in all three seasons.
In 2012, Haynes started off the year as the team's Friday night starter, a role coveted by college pitchers across the country. Down the stretch, the right-handed pitcher did whatever was asked of the coaching staff to help his team earn a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Haynes served as the Sunday starter over the last four weeks of CAA play, helping guide the Rams to four-straight series victories and ultimately secure a spot in tournament play.
The junior's best performance of the season came in his last outing for the Rams in 2012, throwing 8 2/3rds innings in an elimination game against Towson in the CAA Tournament.
He finished the season with a 4.45 ERA, 4-4 record while throwing a team-high 93.0 innings. Haynes also led the team in strikeouts, with 73, and limited the opposition to a .280 average against.
Haynes is the second VCU hurler to be picked in the draft this week, joining classmate Blake Hauser, who was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round on Tuesday.