Eddie Campbell, a senior pitcher on the Bridgewater-Raynham high school baseball team, was drafted Wednesday by the Cincinnati Reds in the 44th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Campbell, who is committed to Virginia Tech, checked his phone Wednesday afternoon to find a voice message from a Reds' scout, who informed him he had been drafted.
"I called my dad right away, and he had already known," Campbell said. "It was pretty cool.
Itd definitely a great feeling. Knowing an MLB team wants you is flattering, and definitely a good accomplishment. If I end up going to college now, hopefully three years down the road, something will happen and Ill get drafted again. Im very excited about that.
The scout informed Campbell that he would be treated as a draft-and-follow, and the team planned to keep an eye on his progress through the summer before deciding if it would offer him a contract and how much it might offer. The deadline for MLB teams to sign picks is Aug. 17.
Campbell is 7-2 this year for the Trojans with a 0.57 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. In his most recent outing, an 11-6 win over New Bedford in a Division 1 South state tournament quarterfinal, Campbell allowed four runs two earned in eight innings of work, striking out 12 while walking three and giving up four base hits. Campbell was also 4 for 4 at the plate and scored three runs in the nine-inning contest.
Bridgewater-Raynham's D-1 South semifinal game against Xaverian Brothers originally scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Braintree High School has been postponed until Thursday at 4 p.m. due to the rain.
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