Bo Altobelli Drafted by Minnesota Twins in 21st Round|
Altobelli led the Red Raiders with 71 base hits this season
June 6, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - The fifth Texas Tech baseball player has been selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft as junior catcher Bo Altobelli (Plano, Texas) was drafted in the 21st round (640 overall) by the Minnesota Twins in the third and final day of the draft on Wednesday.
It marks the third time in school history (1998, 1995) that five Red Raiders have been drafted in the top-21 rounds of the draft. Altobelli joins junior center fielder Barrett Barnes (Supp. 1st Round - Pittsburgh), junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder (9th Round - Seattle), junior right-handed pitcher Shane Broyles (14th Round - Colorado) and redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann (15th Round - Los Angeles Dodgers).
Altobelli batted .346 (71-for-205) and led the Red Raiders with 71 base hits on the season. He also tallied 12 doubles, three home runs and 33 RBI while throwing out 29 percent (9-of-31) of would-be base stealers.
For the second consecutive year, Altobelli was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, an award given annually to the top collegiate catcher in the country. Altobelli was an All-Big 12 honorable mention pick and was named to a pair of All-Tournament teams during the season (Red Raider Classic & Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic).
Altobelli is only the fourth Texas Tech catcher to have been selected in the MLB Draft over the past decade and is the eighth highest drafted catcher in Texas Tech history.
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