CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Boston Red Sox selected left-handed pitcher Kyle Hart out of Indiana University in the 19th-round and 568th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Hart is a product out of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was regarded as one of the top pitchers in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC), and notched a 5-1 record in his first season as a starter for the Aviators in 2009.
He also generated a 1.89 ERA along with a total of 55 strikeouts.
The lefty went onto maintain a career total 2.89 ERA through the course of his five seasons with the Hoosiers. Hart was gr anted a red shirt after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014 to allow him a fifth year.
"Really blessed that the Red Sox thought I fit their model," Hart said. "From what I've seen they've got a good slew of guys coming in to start out and I'm really excited."
After an extensive 64 appearances, the southpaw achieved a 31-12 record to end his tenure with Indiana University.
But Hart has an old friend and former teammate within his new organization in Sam Travis, who is currently a first baseman in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. Hart mentioned that Travis reached out to him and expressed his exhilaration on Hart sharing the same color sock (I had to).
Sycamore has produced a number of talented athletes in addition to Hart, such as Kevin Youkilis, Joseph O'Gara and Darius Hillary.
O'Gara and Youkilis both shared identical paths similar to that of Hart. The only difference was that O'Gara was a Hoosier and Youkilis was a Bearcat at the University of Cincinnati. Moreover, O'Gara was drafted by the then-Florida Marlins in 2009 and Youkilis by the Red Sox in 2001.
Youkilis retired after 14 years while O'Gara was last seen in triple-AAA in 2014 with the New Orleans Zephyrs.
On the other hand, Hillary was a defensive back at Sycamore before committing to the University of Wisconsin to play football. Hillary is on pace for a hometown deal as the Cincinnati Bengals added the 5-foot-11 corner back as an undrafted free agent last month. Furthermore, his father, Ira, spent three seasons with the Bengals in the 1980's.
"If we didn't have to compete with Moeller and St. X so much we'd probably have a few more names on that list," Hart said. "But I'd be excited if I was the second best Red Sox to come out of Sycamore."
Hart was Boston's third lefty in the draft next to No. 12 draftee Jason Groome (Barnegat High School) and and 418th overall Robby Sexton (Wright State University).
"I can't even begin to list the names of guys that were late round picks that have succeeded in major league baseball," Hart said. "I'm not comparing myself or claiming to be one of those guys, but I think anybody can turn into a great player, and it's all about the work that you put in and obviously the opportunities that you are given."