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Williams brothers share in elation of draft day

Bright future ahead: Brandon senior Roderick Shoulders says he’s likely to sign with the Boston Red Sox.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Bright future ahead: Brandon senior Roderick Shoulders says he’s likely to sign with the Boston Red Sox.

TAMPA — After waiting through the first nine rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, it was time to celebrate in the Williams home late Tuesday afternoon.

Huddled around a computer with his two sons, former major-leaguer Reggie Williams Sr. finally saw the names he was awaiting.

In the 10th round, Brooks-DeBartolo senior shortstop Jadamion "J.D." Williams was drafted by Minnesota with the 315th pick — the first bay area high school player taken in this year's draft.

Four selections later, older brother Reggie Williams Jr., a former Brooks-DeBartolo standout who played at Middle Georgia College this spring, was selected by St. Louis with the 319th selection.

"At first it's happy and sad," said Williams Sr., who played with the Dodgers and Angels. "You want to jump up and down and you want to cry because one son was picked but the other hadn't been. Then the other one's name comes up. That was exciting."

J.D. Williams, who has signed with Maryland, hit .449 with seven homers, 33 RBIs and 39 stolen bases this season for the Phoenix. He played in last summer's Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field.

Following a senior season in which he stole a bay area-high 61 bases and was named USA Today All-USA first team, Reggie Williams Jr. was selected in the 32nd round last year by the Rangers, but went to junior college instead.

Their father said both are signable.

"To be picked in the top 10 (rounds), it says they're in the top 300-some players in the country," he said. "Everyone wants to get drafted in the first round, but I've told my boys now they've got to show they were worthy of getting drafted in the 10th round and prove they should have been drafted nine rounds higher."

JESUIT'S GIBSON SURPRISED: Jesuit left-hander Daniel Gibson entered the draft as the bay area's highest-ranked prospect — Baseball America ranked him the 148th-best prospect in the nation. But even after slipping to the 26th round, Gibson was surprised he was taken that early.

"From everything I was being told I thought I was going to drop to (today)," he said.

Gibson, who has signed with Florida, has made it clear he values his education. And once he told teams his demands in order to forgo college, he slid down many draft boards. The Brewers, one of the teams (along with the Cardinals) he said were most interested, selected him in the 26th round with the 789th pick.

"Right now I'm open to both possibilities," Gibson said.

SHOULDERS LIKELY TURNING PRO: Brandon senior catcher Roderick Shoulders grew up a Yankees fan, but after being drafted by Boston in the 20th round, he said he can easily warm to the Red Sox.

Shoulders has signed with the State College of Florida–Manatee, Sarasota, but said Tuesday evening he's leaning toward turning professional.

"That's what I want to do right now," Shoulders said. "It's always been my No. 1 goal to play pro ball. Manatee is a good program, so you can't automatically count them out."

The Red Sox scouted Shoulders as a catcher, but other teams saw his future all over the diamond — catcher, third base and outfield.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said, "as long as I'm on the field."

DYSON DRAFTED FOR THIRD TIME: Former Jesuit ace left-hander Sam Dyson, now a redshirt junior at South Carolina, was the first player with bay area ties selected, going to the Blue Jays in the fourth round (124th overall).

For Dyson, it is the third time he has been drafted. He was taken in the 19th round out of Jesuit by the Nationals then in the 10th round by the A's last year; he was unable to come to terms both times. Dyson said his focus is on this weekend, when the Gamecocks play Coastal Carolina in the NCAA super regional for a spot in the College World Series.

"You're glad it's over," Dyson said. "It's on your mind until you get picked, and then a huge weight is lifted off your shoulders."

ODDS AND ENDS: Just five county high school seniors have been selected: Williams, Shoulders, Gibson, Armwood's Zack Powers and Leto's Nick Gonzalez. … Among those who could be selected on the third and final day: Tampa Catholic's Shane Rowland and Cambridge's Peter Miller, but signability is an issue with both. Rowland could play right away at Miami and Miller is heading to FSU.

Local draft selections



Name


Position


School


Team
Round/selection
Sam DysonRHPSouth Carolina/JesuitBlue Jays4th/126
Jared SimonOFUT/ArmwoodRockies6th/ 200
Josh BowmanRHPUT/NortheastA's10th/305
Jadamion "J.D."

Williams
SSBrooks-DeBartoloTwins10th/315
Reggie Williams Jr.CFMiddle Georgia College/Brooks-DeBartoloCardinals10th/319
Mike BlankeCUT/SPCWhite Sox14th/428
Stephen HuntLHPUSF/JesuitReds15th/457
Andrew BarbosaLHPUSF/RiverviewGiants15th/468
Carmine GiardinaLHPUT/DurantAngels15th/ 474
David RichardsonCFHillsborough C.C./HillsboroughOrioles17th/508
Mike SchwartzC/1BUT/Hillsborough C.C.White Sox17th/518
A.J. PineraRHPUT/SicklesMets18th/542
Roderick ShouldersC/1BBrandonRed Sox20th/623
Christopher ClintonCFEckerdOrioles23rd/688
Randy FontanezRHPUSFReds23rd/697
Austin EvansRHPUT/ChamberlainWhite Sox23rd/698
Daniel GibsonLHPJesuitBrewers26th/789
Robbie AnstonOFBoston College/SicklesMariners26th/792
Zack PowersSSArmwoodPirates28th/ 837
Nick GonzalezLHPLetoPhillies30th/921


Williams brothers share in elation of draft day 06/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:55am]
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