College Baseball: Hart selected by Orioles in draft

Texas State junior reliever Donnie Hart was the second Bobcat taken in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when the Baltimore Orioles selected him as the 819th overall pick and the 23rd pick in the 27th round Saturday afternoon.

Hart is the 32nd Bobcat to be drafted since head coach Ty Harrington took over the program in 2000 and the 47th overall Texas State baseball player to be drafted in school history.

“It is an unbelievable feeling,” Hart said. “This is something you want to happen for a long time, and I’m so thankful Baltimore is giving me a chance to pursue my dream.

“I’m so thankful for all my coaches and teammates because without them I wouldn’t be where I am at today. Obviously, I can’t thank my family enough for getting me to where I am today as well. They are my number one fans and have supported me all my life with baseball.”

Like Kyle Finnegan, Hart also recognized the support of Texas State’s fans throughout his career.

“And to Bobcat Nation, thanks for being the best fans a player could ask for,” Hart said.

Hart, a lefty sidearmer, was on fire this season.

He started the season on a streak of 25 consecutive appearances (21.1 innings) without giving up an earned run. Hart finished the season with a 2.13 earned run average, lowest on the squad, and struck out 34 batters while being part of three shutouts in 41 appearances, a Texas State school record and the Western Athletic Conference’s leading mark this season. Opponents only hit a mere .209 against him, also lowest on the team.

Texas State signee Tyler Vail was selected by the Atlanta Braves with the 613th pick. He was set to transfer to Texas State from Temple College.