Although he had to wait a little longer than he was hoping Thursday night, Alex Verdugo can finally call himself a professional baseball player.
The Sahuaro graduate, who turned 18 less than a month ago, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an outfielder — not a pitcher — with the 62nd pick overall in the first day of the MLB draft. Tommy Lasorda, the club’s former longtime manager, announced the second-round selection for the team on the live broadcast on MLB Network.
“It was awesome; just to hear my name was awesome,” said Verdugo, a southpaw. “I’m just really excited that I got called on the first day. I’m going to prove that, even though I was picked where I was, I’m one of the best.”
Verdugo said he will sign with the organization and opt out of his scholarship to play for Arizona State.
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