Yale’s Brook Hart Selected By Colorado Rockies

Brook Hart. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brook Hart. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Senior Pitcher Selected In 23rd Round Of The Major League Baseball Draft


SECAUCUS, N.J. — Senior Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) was selected by the Colorado Rockies today in the 23rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

Hart was the 708th selection overall. Hart is the second Bulldogs player to be selected by the Rockies, joining former Bulldog outfielder David Feuerstein.

The 6-foot-5, left-handed starting pitcher went 4-5 in the 2011 season, leading all starting pitchers on the Yale University baseball team with a 2.23 earned run average. He appeared in 11 games with nine starts. He finished the season with four complete games, tied with fellow senior Vinny Lally for the most complete games on the staff. Hart struck out 47 batters with 13 walks. He allowed 26 runs, but only 16 earned runs, in 64⅔ innings pitched.

"I am thrilled for Brook. I only had him for two years but he was a pleasure to coach," Yale baseball coach John Stuper said. "The Rockies got a steal. He really has only pitched for two years and I believe the best is yet to come. I am grateful to Coach Williams for allowing Brook to play baseball. After a stellar football career, this has to be icing on the cake for him."

Hart is the 29th Bulldog to move on to the professional ranks during Coach Stuper's tenure. Hart's selection represents the seventh straight season that a Bulldogs player was drafted.

He finished the 2011 season second on the Bulldogs in wins (4), starts (9) and innings pitched. He was third in strikeouts (47), but led the team in strikeouts looking (15).

"Brook's stats are very deceiving. He pitched much better than 4-5. There is always one guy on the staff who doesn't get any runs. Brook was that guy this year," Stuper said.

Hart was selected to the 2011 All-Ivy Team as an Honorable Mention choice, the first All-Ivy honor of his career.

In his two seasons with the Bulldogs, Hart was 7-8 overall with six complete games, two shutouts, and a total of 85 strikeouts.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity