Akeem Bostick expected to hear his name called early on Friday in the MLB Draft between rounds 3 and 10. But just after 11:30 pm on Thursday night, the Texas Rangers selected Bostick in the second round of the 2013 draft at #62 overall. The 6'5" right handed pitcher was a stellar 9-0 with a 0.56 in his senior season with the West Florence Knights.
Bostick was committed to play football and baseball at Georgia Southern as well as the option to attend Spartanburg Methodist for a year of junior college baseball, but Bostick told WPDE Sports on Friday that he has signed a letter of commitment to play professional baseball. Bostick signed that letter early on Friday morning at the Florence IHOP after he was selected just after 11:30 pm on Thursday night. He'll fly to Texas on Sunday and meet with Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan and other top executives and meet the media with the Rangers other top picks. The Rangers have $899,400 slotted in bonus money for its second round pick.
Bostick is the second highest local draft pick. The Houston Astros selected Jordan Lyles of Hartsville #38 in the sandwich round (between rounds 1 and 2). Lyles is now a starting pitcher with the big league Astros. Last year, Dillon's Jamie Callahan went in the second round at #87 to the Boston Red Sox. It's not known where Bostick will be assigned if he officially signs, but he could wind up pitching in Myrtle Beach in the coming years. The Pelicans are the advanced Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.CLICK HERE to see Akeem Bostick's WPDE Sports feature from his senior year in high school