The University of Delaware pitcher Brandon Walter was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.
Walter is the fourth Delaware pitcher in five years to get drafted by a MLB team.
The redshirt junior pitcher ends his Blue Hen career with a 16-14 record, one complete game,231 innings pitched, 203 hits,109 runs,94 earned runs,82 walks,252 strikeouts, 14 home runs and 3.66 ERA in 37 appearances.
Walter finished his 2019 season with a 5-6 record, 86.1 innings pitched, 73 hits,40 runs,37 earned runs,30 walks,106 strikeouts, four home runs and 3.86 ERA in 14 appearances.
The New Castle, Delaware native became the fourth pitcher in Blue Hens history to strike out 100 batters in a single season. Walter also sits third all time in Blue Hens history with 252 strikeouts.
Walter’s journey did have some adversity as the Blue Hen pitcher went down with an injury in the middle of the 2017 season which forced him to redshirt the 2018 season.
Blue Hens baseball head coach Jim Sherman talked about the toughness of Walter and how the young pitcher has what it takes to make it at the pro level via University of Delaware.
“After everything that Brandon has been through and seeing him work as hard as he did to get back to the top of his game, we couldn’t be prouder,” said head coach Jim Sherman.
“He is the true definition of a competitor and I believe he will thrive at the next level.”