Written by Joe Scotchie Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
As with many youngsters growing up in Roslyn, Matt Soren was a New York Yankee fan. A pitching star at the University of Delaware, Matt was passed over by the Yankees in the major league baseball draft. But the 6-5, 225 lb. strikeout artist will still achieve the ultimate American dream of playing professional baseball. In the 19th round of the draft, Matt was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies.
A 2009 graduate of Roslyn High School, where he starred for the varsity squad, Matt learned the big news while attending The Belmont Stakes with friends. He didn’t waste any time in his new career, flying off immediately to Clearwater, FL to both sign a contract and to participate in a mini-workout. From there, Matt is now playing in the Gulf Coast League.
“I’m very happy for Matt,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said in a statement. “He is a hard thrower who professional baseball scouts really like and now he has the chance he wanted. He worked hard this year and it paid off for him.”
The draft selection caps off a solid year by Soren who in 2013 was twice named a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week. Soren went 4-5 in 10 starts and 125 overall appearances. He led the Blue Hens with 81 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched, while compiling a 3.62 ERA. Matt reportedly tops out his fastball at 95 miles per hour.
“I am really excited to be picked by the Phillies,” said Soren on the University of Delaware’s athletic department website. “It is a little ironic since I am a Yankees fan and most of my friends at school are Phillies fans. It took me by surprise a little bit. The best news of the day was hearing that my teammate and best friend Nick Ferdinand was drafted by the Phillies too, which should make the transition nice and easy. I am excited to get things going.”