Recent La Cueva High graduate Austin House has been selected by the Boston Red Sox in the ongoing Major League Baseball’s 2009 First Year Entry Draft. He was taken in the 27th round.
A 6-foot, 4-inch right-handed pitcher who helped the Bears reach the Class 5A state championship game in May, House was one of 11 players with direct ties to the state to have been taken in the draft’s first two days. A complete list can be seen below this story.
Rounds 31 thru 50 will be held Thursday starting at 9:30 a.m. Several more players are expected to go then, including House’s La Cueva teammate Mitchell Garver.
House learned of his draft status while driving with Garver Wednesday afternoon to this weekend’s North-South All-Star Series in Las Cruces.
“To be included in the best of the best is just amazing,” House said. “Just to hear your name called, to know a pro team is offering you a chance to play is unbelievable to me. I’m still sort of in shock.”
House said he’ll take the next few weeks to decide the next step. Because he was taken in the middle rounds — with the 768th pick — he won’t come anywhere close to the kind of contract his friend Max Walla will receive. Walla was taken in the second round with the 73rd pick on Tuesday by the Brewers and is expected to ink a deal in the seven-figure range.
“I really don’t even care about the money at this point,” House said. “Right now it’s about being part of that group of guys getting drafted.”
House has signed to play at the University of Mexico. If he becomes a Lobo he won’t be eligible for the draft again until 2012.
Other former Albuquerque high school players selected Wednesday were Eldorado grad Greg Wilborn and Valley grad Sam Spangler. A pitcher at Louisiana-Lafayette, Wilborn went in the 18th round to the Dodgers while Spangler, a southpaw at Hawaii, is headed to the Pirates.
A list of players taken in this week’s Major League Baseball First Year Entry Draft who have ties to New Mexico or hail from schools within the Mountain West Conference:
DAY 1 — Tuesday, June 9
Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State, RHP
1st round, 1st pick overall by the Washington Nationals
Max Walla, Albuquerque Academy, RF
2nd round, 69th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers
DAY 2 — Wednesday, June 10
Stephen Parker, Brigham Young, 3B
5th round, 153rd overall by the Oakland Athletics
Cole White, University of New Mexico, RHP
6th round, 182 overall by the Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Toole, Brigham Young, RHP
10th round, 297th overall by the San Francisco Giants
Erik Castro, San Diego State, C
10th round, 311th overall by the Houston Astros
Brian Cavazos-Galvez, University of New Mexico (Manzano HS), RF
12th round, 367th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Vern, Texas Christian, 1B
13th round, 384th overall by the San Diego Padres
Matt Carpenter, Texas Christian, 3B
13th round, 399th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Brownstein, University of New Mexico, 2B
14th round, 436th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers
Eric Diaz, New Mexico Junior College, LHP
16th round, 482nd overall by the Kansas City Royals
Greg Wilborn, Louisiana-Lafayette (Eldorado HS), LHP
18th round, 547th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers
John Hesketh, University of New Mexico, LHP
20th round, 593rd overall by the Seattle Mariners
Sam Spangler, Hawaii (Valley HS), LHP
20th round, 595th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates
Stetson Banks, Brigham Young, CF
22nd round, 667th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Kent Walton, Brigham Young, CF
23rd round, 693rd overall by the Oakland Athletics
Goldy Simmons, San Diego State, RHP
23rd round, 703rd overall by the Chicago White Sox
Austin House, La Cueva HS, RHP
25th round, 768th overall by the Boston Red Sox
Cameron Monger, University of New Mexico, CF
27th round, 804th overall by the San Diego Padres
Tyler Sturdevant, New Mexico State, RHP
27th round, 815th overall by the Cleveland Indians
Jeffrey Farnham, New Mexico State, C
27th round, 825th overall by the New York Yankees
Brian Budrow, Utah, RHP
28th round, 846th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks