Yesterday Penn had its first MLB draft pick in seven years. The next one came much quicker. Right-handed Pitcher Vince Voiro went to the San Diego Padres, 532 picks after his teammate Paul Cusick was drafted by the Phillies.
Vorio started nine games this season (including five complete games), posting a 4.28 ERA and a 4-5 record. He K'd 57 batters and walked 24 in 61 innings.
“It has always been a dream of mine to be drafted,” Voiro told Penn Athletics. “I hasn’t really thought too much about it coming true until after last summer, and it has been a crazy ride since then. There is still a lot of work to be done, so hopefully this is just the start of the journey.”
The Quakers also had two draft picks in 2003, Ben Krantz and Russ Brocato.
Unlike Cusick, who was looking for employment after graduating, Voiro is a rising senior and will have to decide whether to punch his ticket to pro ball — he was picked in the 47th round out of 50 — or to finish out his last year at Penn and risk not being drafted next season. However, if Voiro were to have a breakout year next season like Cusick did this year, his stock may rise and he may find himself drafted higher next year.