Tim Flight Selected in MLB Draft by New York Yankees
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University junior lefthanded pitcher Tim Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) was selected by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday as the 547th overall selection.
Flight becomes the third player in SNHU program history to be selected in the MLB Draft. Pitcher Jason Paul was a 15th round selection of the Atlanta Braves in 2004, while Garrett Jewell was a 31st round selection of the Minnesota Twins in 2011.
The 6-4 lefthander emerged as one of the top pitchers in Division II this season. The ABCA and NCBWA Division II Pitcher of the Year who also finished as the runnerup for the Tino Martinez Award, given to the top player in Division II baseball, Flight was 9-1 with a 1.31 earned run average in 15 starts while recording 140 strikeouts in 102.2 innings of work while holding opposing batters to a .203 average. He recorded at least 10 strikeouts eight times, including a season-best 18 in a shutout of Saint Anselm and 13 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Dowling College.
Also the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American, Flight has written his name all over the record books in just two seasons. His 140 strikeouts this season shattered the program record of 100, while he ranks first in career ERA (1.75), second in career strikeouts (229) and third in career victories (15).
The SNHU baseball team enjoyed its best season in 2012, posting a school record for wins with a 43-15 record. The Penmen qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time, capturing the East Region title and advancing to the Division II College World Series, where they won their first game 3-2 over Minnesota State.