FAIRBANKS-Today's big news is that one local product was drafted into the Big Leagues. The Cincinnati Reds picked Monroe Ram Roderick Scooter Bynum in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Bynum was picked 545 overall on the third day of the draft. He's the third Interior baseball player in be drafted in a decade. Chris Aure of Eielson in 2008 to the Pirates and Ryan Shaver of Lathrop in 2004 to the Giants are the other Interior draftees.
The Rams center fielder is just the second non-pitcher from Alaska to get drafted in the first 20 rounds of the draft. Trajan Langdon was the first and he was drafted in the 6th round in 1994 by the Padres.
But Bynum will put the Majors on hold. Instead of accepting the Reds initial offer he still plans to play for the Goldpanners this summer and then go on to play for Arizona Western College Matadors. He signed his NLI back in January.
Another great accomplishment for Bynum who won this year's Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year Award in Baseball and Basketball becoming just the 4th player in the nation to do that in the Award's 29 year history.
Bynum is a three time 3A basketball state champion and help lead the Rams football team to their first ever playoff and state title game appearance in football all in his 2013-2014 senior year.
Via Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Blog--http://alaskasportshall.org/2014/06/scooter-bynum-drafted-18th-round-cin...
MLB DRAFT 18TH ROUND RESULTS--http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2014/drafttracker.jsp#ft=round&fv=18