Thursday, July 17, 2008
One Down--Four To Go
It's all about patience sometimes. Good News Today. Destin Hood the first of the top five picks for Our Washington Nationals to sign with the team. Hood was a second round pick--55th Overall. Now--lets get the other four youngsters under wraps.
NATIONALS AGREE TO TERMS WITH SECOND-ROUND SELECTION,OUTFIELDER DESTIN HOOD
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with outfielder Destin Hood, the club’s second-round selection in thisyear’s First-Year Player Draft. Hood will be assigned to the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate in Viera, FL. Nationals SeniorVice President and General Manager Jim Bowden, Vice President of Baseball Operations and Assistant General Manager MikeRizzo, and Director of Scouting Dana Brown made this joint announcement.Hood, 18, was a two-sport standout for St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile, AL. This year, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounderbatted .485 with 19 extra-base hits, eight home runs, 32 RBI and 17 stolen bases while leading his team to the 5A state semifinalsand earning a spot on the USA Today All-USA High School Baseball Team. Hood was recognized as the Alabama Sports WritersAssociation’s 5A Player of the Year, and was named the High School Baseball Player of the Year by the Mobile Press-Register. Hewas a 2008 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American, after batting .517 with seven home runs, 36 RBI and 43 stolen bases asa junior. His impressive junior campaign earned him AFLAC All-American honors and a spot in the AFLAC All-American Home RunDerby, which he won with eight homers.This season on the gridiron, Hood caught 56 passes for 995 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to Alabama’s 5A StateChampionship. A starter at wide receiver and defensive back, he was named First-Team All-State by The Birmingham News,Mobile Press-Register and the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Hood, who attended the same high school as San DiegoPadres pitcher Jake Peavy, had signed a letter of intent to play both baseball and football at the University of Alabama.