Boykin taken in 12th RoundPublished 6:36pm Thursday, June 6, 2013
UPDATE: Edgewood Academy grad Rod Boykin was taken in the 12th round of the MLB Amateur Draft Saturday afternoon by the San Diego Padres.
Elmore County has a tradition of athletes making the jump from high school superstars to Major League Baseball farmhands.
Rod Boykin hopes to be among the chosen few as the MLB Draft kicked off tonight (rounds 1-2) at 6 (MLB Network) and continues Friday (rounds 3-10) at 11:30 (CST) and Saturday (beginning at noon CST).
“I’m pretty excited,” said Boykin, who if not drafted will beocme a dual-sport athlete at Alabama State. “I’ve been working hard for this day to come and it’s been a long journey. Now I’m just waiting for the moment.”
If that moment comes, Boykin could either follow the trail blazed by Wetumpka High’s Reggie Golden (taken in the second round by and currently with the Cubs) or follow the route taken by Indians’ grad Bradley Roney (an 18th-round selection by Baltimore Orioles, but chose to fulfill his scholarship to Southern Miss).
“Some kids are in the zone for a day or two or a week. Rod was in the zone all year,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the Wildcats. “Ask any coach in the AISA and they’ll tell you he was the best player in our league this year.”
Boykin posted a .538 average at the plate with 56 stolen bases. In Monday’s workout at Florida State University, the 6-foot-2 Wildcat clocked a 6.58 in the 60 and hit three out of the Seminoles baseball field.
He describes himself as a baseball player that was good at football. On Saturday’s after games, he made sojourns to the Edgewood batting cages to work on his swing.
“That helped get me ready for the season,” said Boykin. “Having the scouts there this year, that really pushed me.”
For a majority of the games this season, a handful of scouts trekked to Edgewood trying to get a read on Boykin.
“I’ve been talking with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres,” said Boykin. “They’ve been talking to me about signability and all that different stuff that comes with being drafted.”
Carr said he’d heard scouts classify Boykin as a 4th-6th round selection.
“The Diamondbacks scout talked to me about Rod’s potential and his strength,” said Carr. “He’s not built like a home run, but he hit the longest homerun ever at our field.”
Boykin turned on a Cornerstone offering this season and drove it the 400-plus it takes to clear centerfield. A pair of dads found the shot lying 30 feet beyond the fence.
“I think he physically matured this year and that made the difference,” said Carr. “He really grew into that five-tool players scouts like to see.”
Boykin’s weekend isn’t going to spent in front of a computer monitoring every second of draft coverage.
“I’m going to sit back and enjoy it,” said Boykin. “Let them call me.”