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June 10, 2014

Godfrey selected by Braves

New Albany, Ball State grad taken in 22nd round

NEW ALBANY — New Albany graduate Sean Godfrey was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round of Saturday’s Major League Baseball draft.

Godfrey is thrilled about the opportunity to play professional baseball. However, the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year hoped to be selected in the top-10 rounds Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Ball State senior outfielder was the 673rd overall selection.

“It’s pretty exciting news,” he said Monday. “I definitely knew I was going to be picked, but I didn’t exactly know where. I was on the phone Friday throughout the day with different teams expecting to be drafted, so I’m a little bummed about that. I’m pretty excited for the opportunity to pursue my dream, but I also see it as a chance to prove people wrong. I’ll have a chip on my shoulder to prove that I belong up there.”

Godfrey graduated from Ball State with a degree in business administration last Tuesday before moving back to New Albany. After less than a week back home, he’ll be in transit again this morning. He got a call from the Braves on Monday to report to their weeklong mini-camp in Orlando, Fla., today.

After the week in mini-camp, Godfrey believes he’ll be assigned to Atlanta’s Class A affiliate in Danville, Va.

“It’s been a busy time,” he said. “Wherever they send me, I’ll head out and go play.”

During three varsity seasons at New Albany, the 2010 News and Tribune Area Player of the Year led the Bulldogs to a 74-20 record, including Hoosier Hills Conference and sectional championships during his junior and senior seasons before a stellar collegiate career.

At Ball State, he played at least 33 games in all four seasons with a .322 career batting average. He finished his career with 17 home runs, nine triples, 30 doubles, 110 runs and 148 RBIs. He started all 57 games his senior year with a .333 average, nine home runs, 22 doubles, 57 RBIs and a 48 runs scored.

Before starring for the Bulldogs, Godfrey got his start at New Albany Little League. Last week, he went out to Mt. Tabor Field to hit baseballs. Next to Mt. Tabor Field, there were Little League games being played. He said seeing the Little Leaguers play took him back to his roots.

“Every time I’m back there, I think about starting out playing baseball,” Godfrey said. “I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where I came from. So many people have been congratulating me. It’s cool to know how many people out there are supporting me and cheering me on. That really means a lot. That motivates me even more.”

California high school senior pitcher Brady Aiken was taken first in the draft by the Houston Astros. The Cincinnati Reds selected right-handed pitcher Nick Howard of the University of Virginia with the 19th overall pick.

 

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