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MLB Draft: Angels pick Seminole's Joey Krehbiel in the 12th round

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Tue. June 7, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

MLB Draft: Angels pick Seminole's Joey Krehbiel in the 12th round

Surrounded by friends and family, Seminole's Joey Krehbiel watched the baseball draft for nearly four hours Tuesday before the Angels called to let him know he was selected in the 12th round (375th overall).

"I'm really happy where I was taken," Krehbiel said. "It's been a good day."

Krehbiel, a USF signee, was projected to go within the first 20 rounds. The only question was what position he would play. The Angels want him as a third baseman. Other teams saw him as a pitcher or catcher.

For the past two weeks, Krehbiel said the Blue Jays showed the most interest in him.

"I really didn't think it would be the Angels," Krehbiel said. "They showed some interest, but not as much as other teams."

 But the selection is not that surprising considering Angels scout Tom Kotchman, father of former Seminole standout and current Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman, attended many of the Warhawks' games this season. Tom Kotchman called Krehbiel to inform him of the pick.

"I knew Mr. Kotchman was there for a lot of our games," Krehbiel said. "But I always thought he was there to watch the team play. I never really thought was there scouting me."

Krehbiel said he plans to get his baseball career started as soon as possible.

"Oh, I'm definitely going to sign," Krehbiel said. "I want to move out within the next week and report to camp."

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