Three of the four current and former BCC baseball players selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft have signed with their teams, according to BCC head coach Mark Yoshino.
Mike Lee, a Skyline graduate, signed with the Red Sox after being drafted in the eighth round. Lee, a 6-foot-7, 220 pound pitcher went 10-2 with a 2.79 ERA this season for Oklahoma City University, which finished third at the NAIA World Series. Lee struck out 124 batters while walking only 28, and opponents hit only .222 against him.
Lee is expected to report to Lowell, Mass., to play for the Lowell Spinners, the A affiliate for the Red Sox.
Blaine Hardy signed with the Royals after being selected in the 22nd round, and has already arrived in Idaho Falls, Idaho to play for the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Pioneer A League affiliate of the Royals. Hardy went 8-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 22 appearances for BCC. Hardy played the 2008 season with the NAIA national champions, Lewis and Clark State.
Finally, Brad Reid, a two-time All-NWAACC First-Team selection as a pitcher for BCC, signed with the Mariners and left Monday to Peoria, Ariz., to play for the Peoria Mariners, the Arizona League A affiliate of the Mariners.
Reid briefly played for Oregon State, but returned this year to BCC and posted a 7-1 record and a miniscule 0.56 ERA.
“We are excited when any of our guys get an opportunity to play at a higher level,” Yoshino said. “Most guys out of college will never get a chance at the professional level; it’s an opportunity they can’t pass up.”
Stephen Foster, who was selected in the 42nd round by Atlanta, is still deciding whether to sign a pro contract with the Braves, or remain in college. He has signed a letter of intent with Lewis-Clark State College.
Joel Willits is the sports reporter for the Bellevue Reporter. He can be reached at 425-453-4270 ext. 5060 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.