For over a month now, Stone Bridge right-hander JB Bukauskas has made it clear that he would be heading to the University of North Carolina later this month to enroll in summer classes. On Thursday, numerous MLB teams called his father to see if they could change his mind, but his dad was adamant that his son would not be signing.
On Saturday, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Bukauskas in the 20th round with the 600th overall pick, making him the second area high school player selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. Battlefield southpaw Nick Wells was drafted Friday by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round. He is the first Stone Bridge player to be drafted directly out of high school.
“It feels great,” Bukauskas said. “Although I’m going to school it’s awesome to see someone pick me.”
The Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year was 7-0 this season with 88 strikeouts and didn’t allow an earned run. Bukauskas was shut down about two weeks ago due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder, but the injury won’t require surgery.
Since he’s been shut down, Bukauskas has been hitting in the seventh spot for the top-ranked Bulldogs, who begin Virginia 5A state semifinal play on Friday at Lake Braddock.
Also selected on Saturday was former Centreville left-hander and current Virginia Military Institute pitcher Connor Bach, who was taken by the Washington Nationals with the No. 634 pick in the 21st round. West Virginia outfielder Bobby Boyd, a St. John’s grad, was selected in the eighth round (226th overall) by the Houston Astros on Friday.
The Diamondbacks also selected DeMatha 2013 All-Met catcher Justin Morris in the 35th round (1,050 overall). The Baltimore Orioles selected St. John’s 6-foot-5 right-hander Garrett Pearson in the 34th round (1,021 overall). The Washington Nationals selected 6-foot-6 Flint Hill 6-foot-6 right-hander Tommy Doyle in the 35th round (1,054 overall) to round out the list of area high school players selected.