With the 1005th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected Matt Blandino from Bristol Central high school on Saturday June 8.
Blandino, who went 10-0 this season with a 0.274 ERA, already has a full ride to Central Connecticut State University and it should be interesting where the talented chucker ends up.
“This is our first kid that’s been drafted since I’ve been around for fifteen years,” said Bristol Central coach Bunty Ray. “Obviously, it’s a testament to what he’s done in the offseason to make himself better, not just his natural ability. He really had to work in the weight room and really had to pay attention to his mechanics.”
“He’s done a great job to put himself in position to play professional baseball if he chooses.”
Over his last two scholastic seasons, Blandino went 19-0 with five saves and carries a career ledger of 24-2 with nearly 300 strikeouts to his name over his four years of varsity baseball.
Again, the All CCC South, All-State selection has been one of the best pitchers in the state over the past two seasons and his last loss came during his sophomore campaign.
The 6-foot-1, 180 pound senior was the second player drafted from the Nutmeg State in the draft.
In the third round of the draft, the Tampa Bay Rays plucked outfielder Thomas Milone from Masuk high school in Monroe.
– by Michael Legendre