June 7, 2011
SECAUCUS, N.J. - Washington State University first baseman Taylor Ard was the 25th round selection of the Boston Red Sox in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday.
The redshirt-sophomore was the 772nd overall draft pick. He was third Cougar selected, Tuesday after junior left-handed pitcher Adam Conley (second round, Florida Marlins) and junior outfielder Derek Jones (13th round, Baltimore Orioles).
"Getting drafted by a pro team is an honor," Ard said. "The round didn't matter to me. It was a relief to hear my name called and we'll see what happens next."
A transfer from Mt. Hood Community College, Ard had a tremendous first season in the Pacific-10 Conference. He led the conference with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in the regular season. The Vancouver, Wash., native was tops on the Cougars with a .337 batting average, 17 doubles, 40 runs and a .577 slugging percentage. In his last-seven Pac-10 games, he batted .500 (12-for-24) with seven doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI which helped land him a spot on the all-conference team.
Ard is the sixth player all-time to be drafted by the Red Sox out of Washington State. He joins pitcher Barry Sbragia (1972, 22nd round), pitcher Aaron Sele (1991, first round), catcher Scott Hatteberg (1991, compensation round), pitcher Rob Ramsay (1996, seventh round) and third baseman Stefan Bailie (2001, fourth round). Both Sele and Hatteberg made their MLB debut with the Red Sox.