Red Sox take Mt. St. Joe's Teixeira in 9th Guadalupe also among 4 local players picked

June 03, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Projected by most major publications as a first-round draft pick, switch-hitting third baseman Mark Teixeira of Mount St. Joseph was selected in the ninth round yesterday by the Boston Red Sox.

Arundel shortstop Hector Guadalupe, also a switch hitter, was taken by Milwaukee on Round 15; 1994 Arundel All-Metro pitcher Brandon Agamennone, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Maryland, was selected in the 20th round by Montreal; and North County right-handed pitcher Billy Whitecotton was a late-round selection by the Orioles.

Teixeira, The Sun's 1998 Baseball Player of the Year, was one of at least 12 players (eight high schoolers) projected by Baseball America to be a first-round pick, but he was passed over.

"I think the major-league teams figured that a lot of the high-profile kids, who had first-round written on their foreheads, would not be easy to sign," said Teixeira's father, John Teixeira. "Mark's view of the world has not changed, and we told the Red Sox that they have two No. 1 picks as far as we are concerned.

"To sign Mark, they will have to give him first-round money or he's going to Georgia Tech."

Teixeira completed his three-year varsity career at Mount St. Joe this season with 12 homers (tying the state record for a season), 36 RBIs and 47 runs scored (one short of the state record for a season) and a .548 batting average.

He established state career records for homers (29), RBIs (108) and hits (128) and is second in runs scored (112).

Guadalupe, who has a scholarship to Middle Georgia Community College, said yesterday that he wants to sign. He is playing for the Corrigan-Gunther's 20-and-under team that is run by longtime Brewers scout Walter Youse.

Guadalupe helped Arundel win the state Class 4A title this season, batting .404 with a state-record 17 doubles and leading the team in at-bats (99), homers (four) and stolen bases (20). He tied for the team lead in runs (41), triples (three) and walks (17) and knocked in 26 runs.

Agamennone, who pitched four years at Maryland, is the Terps' all-time strikeout leader with 254.

Whitecotton, a first-team All-Anne Arundel County pick, compiled a 5-2 record and 3.00 ERA in 43 1/3 innings, allowing 34 hits, walking 14 and striking out 61. He had four complete games.

Pub Date: 6/03/98

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