Saturday, June 08, 2013

Edgewood's Boykin to Padres; Huntingdon's Odom to Braves

Two local players have been taken so far today in the annual baseball draft.

Outfielder Rod Boykin became the first player ever drafted from Edgewood when the San Diego Padres took him in the 12th round.

Huntingdon catcher Joseph Odom went to the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round. The Hawks last had a player drafted in 1989.

Boykin hit .538 this season and scored 82 times in 43 games for the Wildcats, who won a fifth straight AISA state championship. He stole 56 bases and had 45 RBIs.

Odom led NCAA Division III with 14 home runs and was third with 60 RBIs. He had a .369 average and was named a third-team All-American by Odom is a Vestavia Hills native.

Huntingdon's last drafted player was right-handed pitcher James Moody, who went to the New York Yankees in the 39th round.

The last graduate of a Montgomery-area high school to be drafted was outfielder D.J. Jones to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round last year. Jones, a Jeff Davis graduate, played that spring at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.

Wetumpka's Bradley Roney and Jones were the last players drafted from an area high school. In 2011, the Baltimore Orioles took Roney in the 18th round and the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed Jones in the 22nd round. Neither signed.

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