After years in burnt orange apparel, Bret Boswell may soon find himself wearing purple.
Boswell was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the eighth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. One year after Pittsburgh burned a 40th-round waiver on Boswell, the Texas infielder was the 236th player selected.
Boswell was the second Longhorn drafted by Colorado on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Rockies used a fifth-round pick on left-handed pitcher Nick Kennedy.
— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) June 13, 2017
Boswell appeared in 61 of Texas’ 63 games this past season. Batting from the left side of the plate, Boswell hit .273 with seven homers, 13 doubles and 33 RBIs. He scored 34 times, and 34 walks bumped his on-base percentage up for .384.
Texas moved Boswell from shortstop to second base in 2017, and he recorded a .993 fielding percentage while committing only two errors. With Boswell in the middle of its infield, Texas turned 65 double plays. Only the defenses belonging to Fresno State (73), San Diego State (67) and Iowa (67) currently have more double plays.
Boswell graduated last month with a degree in sport management and a minor in business. He still, though, has a year of eligibility left thanks to a calf injury that sidelined him in 2014. He will have until July 15 to decide if he’ll return to Texas or sign with the Rockies. The signing bonus for the MLB Draft’s 236th pick has an estimated value of $162,800.
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