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Baseball: N-G's Ockimey picked by Red Sox

Neumann-Goretti's Josh Ockimey, a hard-slugging senior first baseman, was selected by the Boston Red Sox Friday in the fifth round (No. 164 overall) of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.

Baseball: N-G's Ockimey picked by Red Sox

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Neumann-Goretti's Josh Ockimey was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round (No. 164 overall) of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.

Neumann-Goretti's Josh Ockimey, a hard-slugging senior first baseman, was selected by the Boston Red Sox Friday in the fifth round (No. 164 overall) of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.

Following N-G's graduation ceremony, Ockimey learned of his selection while listening to a live stream of the draft in the car.

"To hear my name, I can't even describe the feeling," he said. "It was such a great thing."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder revealed Friday that he had worked out for the Red Sox last Sunday at Fenway Park. His batting-practice session against live pitching included about 24 swings.

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"I did pretty well, hit one out," he said. "I thought they were really impressed. Afterward, they said, 'We've seen enough. You'll find out Friday or Saturday.' "

Ockimey was joined on the trip to Boston by his father, Michael, sister, Brianna, and his little-league football coach.

Interestingly, Ockimey says he has been a longtime Red Sox fan while his twin brother, Mike, favors the rival New York Yankees. Josh Ockimey owns a pair of T-shirts sporting the Red Sox logo.

For the Saints, Ockimey who has committed to play at Indiana, is hitting .493 (35 for 71) with 32 RBIs and 29 runs.

Will the 18-year-old turn pro immediately, forgoing a college career? "We're probably going to wait it out," he said. "It still up in the air. If it's the right [financial] number, we'll go."

Ockimey, a four-year starter and No. 3 batter for N-G, had worked out twice in the last week for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Bark.

He helped the Saints (23-4) win their fourth Catholic League championship in six seasons. N-G will play District 4 titlist Loyalsock (21-5) in a PIAA Class AA state semifinal at 4 p.m. Monday at Northern York High in Dillsburg.

Ockimey, who lives in Southwest Philadelphia, also participated in a private workout for the Red Sox last fall. In what he described as a surreal experience, he sent two balls over the right-field fence.

"To do that at a historic ballpark was pretty special," he said. "I think one of the shots measured about 420 to 430 feet."

Rutgers outfielder-first baseman Brian O'Grady, a 2010 graduate of Archbishop Wood, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth round (No. 245 overall).

O'Grady batted .328 (67 for 204) with 40 runs, 30 RBIs and five home runs while helping the Scarlet Knights to a 30-25 mark last season.

 

Rick O'Brien Inquirer Columnist
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