Yankees select UHV pitcher in 38th round of draft


June 7, 2014 at 1:07 a.m.

The wait was the hardest part for Andre Del Bosque.

Del Bosque had a good idea he would be selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, but became more and more nervous as time passed.

"It was real stressful," the St. Joseph graduate said. "I hadn't eaten all day."

Del Bosque got his appetite back late Saturday afternoon when he was picked in the 38th round by the New York Yankees.

As a result, Del Bosque became the first UHV player in the program's seven-year history to be drafted.

"I just got off the phone with them," Del Bosque said of the Yankees. "They're going to call me back and discuss where I'm going."

Del Bosque had an outstanding junior year as the closer for the Jaguars.

He made a team-high 34 appearances and had 86 strikeouts in 71.1 innings. He set a school record with 13 saves.

Del Bosque wasn't surprised to be selected by the Yankees.

They watched him pitch and stayed in contact with him.

"I knew they were interested," Del Bosque said. "They had been talking with me through the whole draft."

UHV pitching coach Doug Heinold was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 1973 draft and signed with the team after his senior year at Stroman High School.

Heinold was happy to see Del Bosque chosen by the Yankees.

"When I heard, I was so excited the hair on my arm was standing up," Heinold said. "It's pretty awesome for him to get this opportunity."

Del Bosque is looking forward to beginning his professional career.

"I'm ready to get it cranked up," he said.



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