Red Sox Draft Borowiak in 14th Round
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (June 2, 2003) - For the second-straight year the Boston Red Sox have taken an Indian in the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft as they took senior shortstop Zach Borowiak in the 14th round, number 414 overall. Borowiak was taken last year in the 49th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Borowiak was a second-team All-OVC selection for the second-straight season. He was a first team pick his sophomore season. Borowiak set career highs this season as he hit .372 with 15 homers and 59 RBI. He was second on the team in homers and tied for first in RBI.
He also had some memorable moments during the season. He became the school's all-time leader in doubles as he hit 19 on the season moving his career total to 72. He also moved into the top spot all-time in at bats as he finished with 830. His 59 RBI is third all-time on the season list, and his 154 career RBI is fourth all time. He ranks second in career hits with 261 behind only Jeremy Johnson, and he also trails Johnson by just three games on the all time list with 213.
Borowiak joins former Indian pitcher Brandon Smith as being the second Southeast player drafted by the Red Sox. Smith was selected in the 18th round last year and is currently playing for the Agusta (Ga.) Green Jackets, a single A affiliate of the Sox. He talked about the possibility of joining his former teammate in a couple of weeks on the professional level.
"The thought had crossed my mind," said Borowiak on the possibility of playing with Smith. "It would be great to know someone already on the team, but to be honest, I'll go wherever they tell me I'm going."
Borowiak was at home listening to the Internet broadcast of the draft when he heard his name called.
"I heard my name and just thought it was pretty cool," he said. "I was a bit disappointed last year when I wasn't selected until the second to last round."
Borowiak becomes the highest-ever drafted player in Southeast history and is proud to have his name mentioned with former Indian greats.
"I think it's a great honor," he said. "Brandon was a great pitcher and he wasn't taken till four rounds later. Ryan (Spille) was drafted a round later and Todd (Pennington) was drafted even later so that puts this whole thing in perspective."
Rounds 1-20 took place today and the final 30 will resume tomorrow at noon.