He became USC’s 341st player to be drafted as he was selected with the 134th overall pick in the fifth round of the coronavirus-shortened MLB draft this summer.
USC has now had a player drafted in every MLB draft since 1965, when, of course, the draft was instituted.
Despite his junior season being cut short, he still posted a 2-1 record and just a 3.71 ERA in his four starts and 17.0 total innings pitched. He fanned 25 batters, finishing tied for the team lead in strikeouts this past season.
His season was just getting going when he struck out nine batters against TCU in just six innings.
A right-handed big man on the mound, Hurts threw a career 81 strikeouts which ranks ninth in Pac-12 history. He also was the mainstay on the mound during the Trojans’ no-hitter against Utah in 2018 when he threw 7.2 hitless innings in the effort.
Congratulations, Kyle! Way to Fight On and keep the tradition going despite the shortened and altered MLB draft this year.