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Tyler Kent Drafted by Philadelphia Phillies

Tyler Kent Drafted by Philadelphia Phillies

The third and final day of the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft generated a whirlwind of excitement for Otterbein University Saturday afternoon, as the Philadelphia Phillies selected All-American center fielder Tyler Kent (Grove City/Grove City) with the first pick of the 26th round.

Kent was the 767th overall choice in the annual event, which features 40 rounds and approximately 1,200 total players taken by one of 30 MLB organizations. Nineteen athletes from Division III heard their name called, with just six being position players.

"I wasn't sure this was possible," said Kent, who received the news from a scout while playing whiffleball in his backyard. "I couldn't even believe it. This is one of those things that you hope and wish for when you pick up a bat and glove at a young age. It's a dream come true."

Kent is the seventh Cardinal to ever be drafted and just the second position player, joining outfielder Jim Allen (1989) and then pitchers Adam Brandt (2004), Kirk McDonald (1985), O.B. Hartman (1985), Andy Swope (1981) and Jim McKee (1969). New York Yankee Paul O'Neill briefly attended Otterbein, but never played baseball, after being drafted out of high school while former All-American pitcher Dan Remenowsky joined an independent-league team prior to being quickly scooped up by the Chicago White Sox system, where he enjoyed a nice minor-league career.

"This is just an unbelievable feeling," Kent added. "It's hard to describe the emotions of feeling like I played my last competitive baseball game a few weeks ago, to now learning that my career isn't over just yet. I'm excited for the opportunity ahead because all anyone ever needs is a chance."

Read the full story on OtterbeinCardinals.com.