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South's Moriarty selected in MLB Draft

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By Sam Draut

One moment he was a recent South Oldham High School graduate watching television, the next, Will Moriarty was being congratulated by family members for being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday afternoon.

“I was definitely excited when I found out,” Moriarty said. “It’s every player’s dream to hear their name called on draft day.”

The Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants were the three organizations that showed the most interest, Moriarty said. After being drafted by the Rangers, the scout that watched Moriarty called to congratulate him.

In his senior year, Moriarty had an 8-1 record with a 1.98 ERA in 56 innings. He struck out 84 hitters while walking 19. At the plate, Moriarty batted .378 with eight home runs and 48 RBIs. He scored 32 runs and had an on-base percentage of .512.

He was named the 29th District and Eighth Region Player of the Year and selected to the All-State team.

Though Moriarty is signed with Murray State, he could potentially forgo his upcoming freshman year for professional baseball.

“Going to Murray would be great and then see where I end up,” Moriarty said. “But if the opportunity is right and the money is right, then professional baseball is certainly in the picture.”

If Moriarty decides to go to Murray State, he would be eligible to be drafted again after his junior year. The Rangers will retain the right to sign Moriarty until Aug. 15 at 11:59 p.m. unless he decides to attend Murray State.