Kahnle Signs with New York Yankees
Modified Sep 15, 2010 03:58 PM
New York, N.Y. - Former Lynn University baseball player Tommy Kahnle has signed with Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and has been assigned to Staten Island of the New York Penn League. Kahnle was a fifth round selection by the defending World Series champions in the MLB amateur draft this past June.
The hard-throwing right-hander made his debut in the Class-A short season on August 8, tossing a scoreless inning of relief while logging a strikeout against the Williamsport Crosscutters.
In his two years with the Blue and White, Kahnle helped lift the Knights to unprecedented heights. The Latham, N.Y., native powered LU on the mound in relief to the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship and was named the South Region and National Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He posted a 1-0 record, five saves, 0.00 earned-run average and 12 strikeouts in 12.2 innings of work in the postseason as a redshirt freshman.
As a sophomore, Kahnle returned in a starting role and led the Knights in ERA, strikeouts and opponent's batting average. He tossed the program's third no-hitter, the first in 11 years and second by just one pitcher, with a 7-0 victory over Saint Leo on March 13. He struck out seven batters in the win.
Kahnle becomes the highest drafted Knight in LU's baseball's program history with his selection in the fifth round. Previous selections include pitcher Nolan Mulligan in the 26th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007, outfielder Gabe MacDougall in the 27th round by the Kansas City Royals in 2009 and infielder Beau McMillan in the 39th round by the Florida Marlins.