Baseball: King's Reynolds misses graduation for pro tryout



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Sat. June 4, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

King senior centerfielder Javaris Reynolds faced a tough decision this week. 

Reynolds was scheduled to attend his high school graduation from King on Thursday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, but was also offered a pro tryout with the Houston Astros in Texas the same day. 

Lions coach Jim Macaluso said he wasn't about to tell Reynolds' parents which way to go, but the coach said Reynolds opted to take the trip to Houston to try out.

Reynolds -- who had signed with State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota -- has skyrocketed on the pro draft radar during his senior season. Given his 6-foot-1 frame, he could be drafted in the top 15 rounds of this week's Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

On Saturday, Reynolds was named to the Times All-Hillsborough County first team. As the Lions' leadoff hitter, he hit .403 with 34 runs scored and 27 stolen bases this spring. 

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)


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