The Boise State baseball team will not play its first game until next February, but it already has something to brag about.
Pitcher Reed Harrington, who signed with the Broncos last December, was drafted in the 20th round Wednesday (617th overall) by the Boston Red Sox. Harrington currently plays for Spokane Community College and is a graduate of Eagle High.
This past season at Spokane, Harrington led the NWAC with 12 saves, striking out 31 and walking just four in 25 2/3 innings. He did not allow a single earned run. As a freshman in 2018, he struck out 28 in 34 innings while posting a 1.32 ERA.
A Boise State spokesman said that Harrington will sign with the Red Sox and immediately begin his pro career. He could have opted to play for Boise State and be back in the draft pool next year.
The Broncos also had a second player drafted Wednesday — Lake Washington (Kirkland, Wash.) High first baseman Torin Montgomery, who went in the 35th round (1,041st) to the Miami Marlins. Per the Boise State spokesman, he is expected to enroll at Boise State. The 6-foot-4 Montgomery hit .365 for the 3A state champions as a senior. He signed in November.
The last time a player was drafted out of Boise State was in 1980, which was the final year the Broncos had a varsity team. Pitcher Mark Wright went in the 29th round to the Minnesota Twins. Two football players have since been drafted — Chris Thomas (1992) and Joe Martarano (2014).
The Broncos play their first game Feb. 25, 2020, at Washington. Boise State opens a four-game series with Northern Colorado on Feb. 28 to start an 11-game homestand.
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The Texas Rangers selected Bonneville senior Randon Hostert in the 15th round, 445th overall. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound right-hander led the Bees (24-6) to the 4A state championship in May, going 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA. He struck out 57, walked 11 and gave up 25 hits in 35 1/3 innings, and he also excelled at the plate, hitting .467 with four home runs and 39 RBIs. The Utah signee also went 6-0 with an 0.81 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings as a junior.