Red Sox take Cats’ Rolen


Sherman right-handed pitcher Case Rolen was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 32nd round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon.

Rolen, the 974th overall selection, has signed with Dallas Baptist University and the deadline to decide to play in college or turn pro is July 18. He becomes the third Sherman player to be drafted, joining former teammate Kyle Crick (2011) and Wes Morrow (2000).

Rolen was 8-1 with a 1.70 earned run average in 61 2/3 innings and recorded 81 strikeouts against 37 hits.

Another player with Bearcat ties, Chris Gittens, was taken by the New York Yankees in the 12th round with the 362nd overall pick. Gittens, a sophomore pitcher and first baseman for Grayson College, is set to play for Arkansas-Little Rock next season.

Grayson College had one other player taken over the last two days of the draft. Freshman left-handed pitcher Grayson Huffman was the first Viking off the board by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round with the 174th overall selection on Friday afternoon. Huffman became the highest-drafted Grayson player since John Lackey was a second-round pick, 68th overall, in 1999.

The Atlanta Braves made Howe right-handed pitcher Garrett Fulenchek their second-round pick, 66th overall, on Thursday night. Fulenchek became the 12th Texoma high school player selected since the draft’s inception in 1965 and just the third to be taken in the first 100 picks, joining Denison’s Curtis Moore (7th in 1968) and Sherman’s Kyle Crick (49th in 2011).

MLB.com’s Jim Callis reported on Saturday that Fulenchek will sign with the Braves on Tuesday for an above-slot total of $1 million plus eight semesters at Dallas Baptist University, which is where he had signed to play next spring.

 

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