Three Baseball Alumni Selected in MLB Draft
The 2016 edition of the Major League Baseball Draft took place June 9 through June 11 and consisted of 40 rounds. All 30 teams had the opportunity to select eligible players from a pool of recent high school graduates, members of two year schools and members of four years schools. Catholic High was fortunate to see three alums taken in the MLB Draft.
Ben Braymer, a member of the Class of 2013, was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 18th round with the 544th overall selection. Braymer, a left-handed pitcher for Auburn, was a key cog in the pitching rotation for the Bears’ state championship run in 2013. He led the nation in strikeouts for LSU-Eunice and helped lead the Bengals to a NJCAA Division II national title in 2015. Braymer had a 4-4 record with a 3.56 ERA for Auburn and led the team with 21 appearances on the mound. Opponents hit just .206 against the former CHS southpaw.
Alex Massey, Class of 2010, was taken by the defending world champion Kansas City Royals in the 36th round. The right-hander was 6-4 with a 4.22 ERA for the Tulane Green Wave and was second on the team with 71 strikeouts. Massey was a teammate in his final season with brother and true freshman, Ross. The Massey brothers combined to collect 16 wins on the mound for the Wave in 2016. Alex helped lead the Bears to a 5A state championship in 2010 and was an All-State selection his senior season. He was drafted out of high school in 2010 in the 27th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Recent 2016 graduate Josh Smith, a four year starter for CHS on the diamond, was picked in the 38th round by the Detroit Tigers. A LSU signee, Smith was a freshman starter on the 2013 5A state championship team and helped lead the Bears to the 5A semifinals the last two seasons. Known for possessing a great glove on defense and a smooth swing from the left side of the plate, Smith will compete for a spot in the starting lineup at LSU beginning in the fall. Smith is playing in the collegiate wood bat Prospect League for the Danville Dans and currently hitting .276 with 4 rbi and 3 stolen bases in 9 games.