Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and Boston College senior Joe Ayers realized a dream on Friday.
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Ayers, a 2003 JDHS graduate, was selected in the 48th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the 1,398th player selected in the draft. This year's draft featured 50 rounds as 1,453 high school and college players were plucked by professional franchises.
The Eagles' senior will head off to Tucson, Ariz., today for assignment - meaning he'll find out which one of the Diamondbacks' minor-league squads he will join.
After starting his collegiate career at Stanford University, Ayers transferred to Boston College.
In his senior year, Joe Ayers batted .280, hit nine doubles, two home runs and stole 11 bases. Boston College posted a 24-27-1 record which included a win over Vanderbilt University, the nation's top-ranked team at the time.
He also faced Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka in an exhibition game on March 2.
While in Juneau, Ayers won two state titles and made the all-state team three times while playing for his coach and father, Jim Ayers.