There were four starters, two singees and … wait for it … a football player with UA ties taken in the first two rounds of the MLB draft.
Read more about in in Wednesday’s print editions, but the football player was Justin Woodall — the defensive back who was drafted by the Mets coming out of high school who chose to play football with the Tide instead of pursuing his baseball career.
Until now, I guess.
He was taken in the 26th round by the Tampa Bays Rays.
Here is the rest of the Alabama players/signees taken so far:
Round (overall pick), name, pos., team
1. (35th) Matt Lipka SS, Atlanta Braves*
2. (65th) Jimmy Nelson RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
2. (66th) Reggie Golden OF, Chicago Cubs*
5. (157th) John Mugarian RHP, Cincinnati Reds*
10. (308th) Ross Wilson 2B, San Diego Padres
15. (471st) Jake Smith 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
20. (613rd) Tyler White RHP, Detroit Tigers
It’s been a while since checking in, so let’s take a quick look around the world of Crimson Tide sports and the news it makes.
- The Washington Post takes a look at former Alabama football recruit Destin Hood and his decision to sign a Major League Baseball contract with the Nationals instead of playing football in Tuscaloosa. Interesting read.
- Speaking of baseball, the Tide is on fire to open the season. At 13-1, they’ve climbed into the national rankings under first-year coach Mitch Gaspard. Also, second baseman Ross Wilson was named SEC player of the week. Read more about last night’s win here.
- The $4.3 million price tag for Alabama’s trip to the BCS National Championship Game has drawn attention nationally.
- One newspaper put Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant on the list of potential candidates for the vacant Iowa coaching job. Interesting.
- And now the latest development in the Daniel Moore vs. UA legal batter.
On the day my feature story on Alabama second baseman Ross Wilson ran in the paper, more news emerged on the preseason All-American. Wilson was one of 36 players invited to tryout for Team USA who will play Japan in a college all-star series.
This post will be updated so check back later
Forgive me, but it’s early May. Baseball is the most exciting sport on the map for now. (This is, however, a Manny-free zone. No steroid talk here)
Check out Friday’s paper for a profile on the Crimson Tide’s most recognizable ballplayer, Ross Wilson. The brother of former Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson, Ross is making a name for himself as an emerging star on the ball field. He was a preseason All-American who has upped his batting average 55 points from where it was last season as a freshman.
Also a star on MTV’s Two-A-Days reality show while in high school, Ross Wilson takes plenty of heat from hecklers. Read more about that tomorrow.
Come back to the blog tomorrow to read some of the extra tidbits that did not make the story.
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