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Draft gives Glazer Royal treatment

June 09, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

CLEAR SPRING -- Brandon Glazer has been enjoying some Senior Week moments with his friends this week in Ocean City, Md.

A few of the moments he spent on the telephone Tuesday were special.

Glazer received a phone call around 6 p.m. from East Coast scout Jim Farr, who told him he had been selected in the 24th round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

"When I was young, I was pretty good playing baseball and it was a little dream of mine of playing Major League Baseball," said Glazer. "When I got into high school, it became a goal to get drafted."

Glazer was the 719th player taken in the draft, which concludes today.

The Clear Spring shortstop/pitcher was one of the leading players in Washington County the past two years. He was at or near the top of several offensive categories this season and led his Clear Spring team to a state final appearance.

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He was one of five shortstops taken in the first two days by the Royals, including top pick Christian Colon of Cal State-Fullerton.

"Mr. Farr told me the Royals were probably going to look at moving me to second or third," said Glazer.

Glazer is set to play in the Cal Ripken High School All-Star Game on Sunday at Camden Yards. Then he will begin to sort out his future. He already has signed to play NCAA Division I baseball at the College of Charleston (S.C.)

"I'll be talking with my parents, and then we'll talk with Mr. Farr to proceed from there," said Glazer. "College, to get a degree, is very important."

Draft picks have until Aug. 16 to sign.

"I'm proud of any player that gets drafted, but especially proud of Brandon because he has had to meet and exceed the expectations that have been on him," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives. "He's a special talent."

This is the second straight year Washington County has had a prep star drafted.

Smithsburg's Josh Conway was drafted in the 42nd round by the Atlanta Braves last year but chose to go to Coastal Carolina University, where he has contributed as a freshman.

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