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Hofstra Star Jimmy Joyce Selected By Seattle Mariners In MLB Draft

Hofstra University senior pitcher Jimmy Joyce was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 16th round of the 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. 

Joyce, who was the 474th overall pick in the draft, becomes the program’s 14th-ever MLB Draft pick. It marks the third time in the last four years that Hofstra has had at least one player selected in the draft with a total of five players picked over the last four drafts. 

He earned All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team honors as a pitcher this season and was an All-CAA Second Team honoree as a utility player in 2019. 

Joyce made 42 appearances on the mound for the Pride during his career with 15 starts. He earned six victories, including three as a senior this season. All 11 of his appearances this season came as a starter and he pitched a career-best 73 innings in 2021, making his career total of 140 innings pitched. Joyce also tallied 125 strikeouts during his career, including 89 during the most recent campaign. He had a strong 3.70 earned run average as a senior. 

This past season he tallied double-digit strikeouts in five of his last six starts, including 13 against Northeastern on April 10 and 12 versus Delaware on May 1 and 12 at Towson on May 15. The Delaware game saw Joyce throw six innings and earn the win in a 9-0 Pride victory. 

Joyce is Hofstra’s 14th-ever MLB Draft selection since the inception of the draft in 1965. He joins Bill Cheslock (1966-32nd Round, St. Louis Cardinals), Ken Singleton (1967 January Draft-1st Round, New York Mets), Donald Ruris (1967-30th Round, Oakland Athletics), Pat Wallace (1982-26th Round, St. Louis Cardinals), Mike Miller (1995-29th Round, Detroit Tigers), Ricky Caputo (2006-24th Round, Washington Nationals), Ethan Paquette (2010-35th Round, Seattle Mariners), Danny Poma (2012-10th Round, Arizona Diamondbacks), Bryan Verbitsky (2013-3rd Round, San Diego Padres), John Rooney (2018-3rd Round, Los Angeles Dodgers), Teddy Cillis (2018-33rd Round, Kansas City Royals), Parker Quinn (2019-25th Round, Washington Nationals), and Vito Friscia (2019-40th Round, Philadelphia Phillies). 

For more information on the Hofstra University Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

Hofstra University Athletics – Official Athletics Website (gohofstra.com)

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