Saint Joseph's Brennan drafted by Texas Rangers

A lot of buzz surrounded him heading into the draft.

Matt Leon
June 06, 2018 - 1:50 pm
Tim Brennan

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After an outstanding college career at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia native Tim Brennan is headed to the pros.

The right-handed pitcher, who went to Holy Ghost Prep, was selected in the seventh round (209th overall selection) of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday by the Texas Rangers.

"It was definitely a dream come true," Brennan said. "A lot of hard work put into it from a ton of people in my family, my friends, and my teammates and stuff like that. It was awesome to finally see it come together."

There was a lot of buzz surrounding Brennan heading into the draft, and he said he was happy with how it all played out.

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"We had a pretty good idea that I was going to go somewhere between (rounds) 5 to 8," he says. "That's what we kind of had on our radar. So that was right in the mix. We had probably six to eight teams that we thought were more likely to select me than the rest, and Texas was one of those teams. So I was glad that worked out. It seems to be a pretty good fit."

Brennan was outstanding this past season for the Hawks. He went 9-3 with a 2.94 ERA. In 88 2/3 innings of work he struck out 84 batters and walked just five. He actually leads the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he thinks that will translate well to the pros.

"Just the ability to go out there and compete and really attack hitters and bring the aggressiveness to them in terms of filling up the strike zone and just throwing a ton of strikes," he says. "Kind of making the other hitters earn everything they get."

Brennan is the 27th Hawk to hear his name called in the draft and he says he is aware of what that means to the program.

"It meant a lot to me that there were people selected (in the draft) before me out of that school," he says. "That was a big factor in my decision process for attending St. Joe's. Hopefully maybe I can make a difference, somebody else will go there. It's a great school and a great program, so maybe I can influence somebody else to kind of follow my footsteps and do that."

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