Loyalsock’s Datres drafted by Colorado Rockies

Loyalsock High School graduate Kyle Datres was selected in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon. The University of North Carolina junior was taken 366th overall as a third baseman.

Datres leads the Tar Heels in hitting this season with a .343 batting average, which is tied for the fourth-best mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 22-year-old helped lead North Carolina to a regional championship last week, including hitting his sixth home run of the season in the regional final against Houston.

North Carolina is hosting Stetson this weekend in the best-of-3 Super Regional at Chapel Hill. The winner of that Super Regional advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Datres was selected with the 21st pick in the 12th round by the Rockies, who are currently 31-29 and just one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West.

Should Datres choose to sign with the Rockies after the North Carolina season is over — he may still return to UNC for his senior season — he would likely play the summer either in the Pioneer League with the Grand Junction Rockies, or in the Northwest League with the Boise Hawks.

Datres helped lead Loyalsock to back-to-back PIAA Class AA baseball championships in 2013 and 2014 where he was the winning pitcher in both games. Datres was also all-state in both football and basketball for the Lancers before signing to play baseball at North Carolina.

He’s a career .292 hitter in 175 games with the Tar Heels. He’s hit 16 home runs and driven in 108 runs.

Datres was the second District 4 alumnus to be selected in the MLB Draft this week. Shikellamy graduate Nick Dunn was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth round Tuesday.

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