Angels Draft Lee High Alum Buddy Boshers

From WAFF-48 Sports

(NEW YORK) - Left-handed pitcher Buddy Boshers, a Lee High grad who posted a 4-1 record and 4.12 ERA in his freshman year at Calhoun Jr. College, was drafted in the 4th round by the Los Angeles Angels in Thursday's major league amateur baseball draft.

Boshers, the 139th selection in the draft, plans to accompany his advisor, Jeff Kahn, to meet with the Angels within the next few days. He says the signing bonus was "a considerable amount." Boshers also plans to meet with Troy coach Bobby Pierce.

He was one of several Alabama players taken yesterday. Outfielder Destin Hood, who was considered to be Alabama's best prospect, was selected by the Washington Nationals as the 55th pick in the draft. Alabama football fans are eyeing him as a receiver. Hood, from St. Paul's in Mobile, signed a football scholarship with the Tide in February.

The Nationals, if they sign him, would like to move him to the infield because of his relative below-average arm strength.

Another former Lee High grad, a right-hander, Craig Kimbrel, went to the Atlanta Braves, as well as Alabama's Mr. Baseball, lefty pitcher Tyler Stovall. Stovall was a 2nd round pick by Atlanta and the 64th pick overall. Kimbrel was the 96th selection in the draft.

Stovall, from Hokes Bluff, set the Alabama state record for wins (18) and strikeouts (227) in 2007 and had 12 wins and 170 strikeouts this season. He is committed to play at Auburn. The Braves see him, as well as Kimbrel, as a reliever.

Kimbrel, from Wallace State in Hanceville, leads the list of JC players in the state. He was the Braves' 4th selection.

A lifelong Braves fan, he turned down a $125,000 bonus offer after being drafted in the 33rd round by the Braves last year. This year, he held opponents to a .140 batting average and finished with a 9-3 record and 2.88 ERA, striking out 123 in 81 innings.

The Crimson Tide's best prospect, catcher Alex Avila, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, where his father is the assistant general manager. Auburn outfielder Mike Bianucci was selected by the Texas Rangers. The Braves drafted another Calhoun pitcher, J.J. Hoover, in the 10th round.