PHILADELPHIA - Rising senior Vince Voiro became the second Penn baseball player selected in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft when he was tabbed by the San Diego Padres in the 47th Round (1,433 overall).
"It has always been a dream of mine to be drafted," Voiro said. "I haven't really thought too much about it coming true until after last summer, and it has been a crazy ride since then. There is still a lot of work to be done, so hopefully this is just the start of the journey."
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.
In 2010, Voiro led the Quakers - and the Ivy League with 11 starts while finishing with a 3-2 record. He paced the Red and Blue and the Ancient Eight with 60.2 innings pitched and was the team-leader in strikeouts with 47.
"We are very excited that Vince was noticed by a Major League team," head coach John Cole said. "The coaching staff knows and Vince knows that he has the stuff to succeed at the next level. I know he may have liked to go higher, but sometimes that extra motivation can help a player."
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.
Voiro became the second Penn player chosen as part of this year's draft, joining fellow member of Penn's 2011 starting rotation Paul Cusick as a draftee. Cusick was taken in the 29th Round (901 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. This marks this first time since 2003 that Penn had multiple players taken in the same draft.
"This has been a good two-day span for the Penn baseball program," Voiro said. "Congrats to Paul on his selection, he really deserved it. Over the past few years, we as a team have worked hard to put Penn on the map and hopefully this is just the start."
Recent Penn Players Drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
2011 - Paul Cusick (Philadelphia Phillies) 29th Round
2011 - Vince Voiro (San Diego Padres) 47th Round
2004 - Brian Winnings (Cleveland Indians) 48th Round
2003 - Ben Krantz (Arizona Diamondbacks) 15th Round
2003 - Russ Brocato (Baltimore Orioles) 29th Round
2003 - Andrew McCreery (Arizona Diamondbacks) 32nd Round
1996 - Mark DeRosa (Atlanta Braves) 7th Round
1991 - Doug Glanville (Chicago Cubs) 1st Round