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June 7, 2007

PH pitcher Brock Huntzinger drafted by Red Sox

PENDLETON — Earlier this week, Pendleton Heights senior pitcher Brock Huntzinger spent the day at Boston’s Fenway Park, throwing a bullpen session as a hopeful Red Sox prospect.

It seems, the right-hander made a big impression.

On Thursday night, the Red Sox exercised their interests by selecting Huntzinger in the third round as the 114th pick during the 2007 Major League Baseball first-year draft.

Huntzinger was the third overall selection by the Boston franchise, which held a 62nd supplemental first-round pick and an 84th second-round choice.

The 6-foot-3-inch Huntzinger is the seventh player in Pendleton Heights baseball history to be drafted. He is also the sixth Arabians pitcher overall to be picked in the MLB draft.

Already committed to play baseball at Indiana University, Huntzinger could forgo his collegiate plans in order to pursue a professional career.

“I think (the Huntzinger family) felt like there was a chance that (Brock) would go pretty early,” remarked PH Arabians baseball coach Bill Stoudt. “I think he’ll sign. It’s just going to be a matter of what the contract is and what they have in mind.”

Huntzinger helped the Class 3A Arabians (20-6) capture the Hoosier Heritage Conference title in his final prep season, marking the team’s fourth championship in five years.

The 210-pound ace posted a 7-1 record in 10 appearances and logged two saves. Huntzinger amassed 95 strikeouts, walked seven versus 202 batters faced and carried a 0.29 ERA.

In his four-year prep career, Huntzinger was 26-6 and compiled 257 strikeouts in 201 innings pitched.

Registering in the mid-90s with his fastball and newly installed slider, Huntzinger pitched under the attentive eyes of several MLB scouts this season.

The senior also sparked attention with his participation in the East Coast Area Code Showcases last summer.

Prior to traveling to Fenway Park on Tuesday, the 18-year-old also pitched at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday to meet with the New York Yankees organization.

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