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UVa Pitcher Kyle Crockett Selected By Indians In 4th Round Of MLB Draft

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Kyle Crockett was drafted in the 4th round by the Indians Kyle Crockett was drafted in the 4th round by the Indians

UVa relief pitcher Kyle Crockett was drafted in the 4th round of the Major League Baseball draft Friday by the Cleveland Indians.

"It's awesome, I'm ecstatic," says Crockett.  "It hasn't really kicked in yet, with all the emotions and everything, but once I start talking to my family, I think I'll be more electric about it."

The Cavalier closer was selected 111th overall by the Indians.

Crockett says, "Playing pro ball has been a dream, I didn't know when or if it would come, but I'm glad I got picked."

The left-handed junior from Poquoson has a record of 4-1 this season with a 1.68 ERA.  

He has 12 saves working as Virginia's closer.  

Crockett has 68 strikeouts this season with just six walks.

Senior second baseman Reed Gragnani says, "He's so good, he's so talented, a lot of deception to his delivery.  Great kid, and it couldn't have happened to a better person."

Sophomore outfielder Derek Fisher adds, "I kind of feel bad for guys who have to face him in a game, it's the first time they've seen him, I've seen him in practice for two years and I still can't hit him, I can't imagine what it would be like if you haven't seen him pitch before."

Here's what the scouting report on Crockett looks like:

Crockett has been a mainstay of Virginia's bullpen for three years. This year he moved into the closer's role, where he excelled. Crockett increased his velocity this spring and his fastball now is clocked in the low-90s. Hitters find his sweeping slider hard to lay off of.

But Crockett's best asset is his excellent command. He didn't issue his first unintentional walk this year until May 12, 39 innings into the season. Crockett's deceptive, low-three-quarters delivery makes him tough on left-handers. He has a steady demeanor on the mound and could quickly pitch his way to the Major Leagues.

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