Justin Singleton learned he was the first Marylander selected in Major League Baseball's amateur draft -- the ninth-round selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks -- when he picked up the phone at his house around 4 p.m. yesterday.
But the call of professional baseball is one the former St. Paul's shortstop and son of ex-Orioles outfielder Ken Singleton will not answer for a while.
His immediate baseball future, Singleton, 18, said, is at Clemson, where he has been offered a partial scholarship this fall.
"Playing Major League Baseball is something I've dreamed about all my life," Singleton said. "It's a great feeling knowing you've been chosen, but I'm going to go to college."
Singleton's baseball exploits and the opportunities they have created have always been heavily scrutinized because of his father's 15-year big-league career.
"Some people say I got where I got because of my last name -- and that upsets me a lot," he said. "Sure, maybe the name on the paper got me an initial look, but after that it was the play on the field."
Singleton (6 feet 1, 175 pounds) batted .389 with 25 RBIs, seven home runs, nine doubles and two triples this season to help the Crusaders to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference runner-up finish.
Rice University right-hander Matt Anderson was the top choice in the draft, taken by the Detroit Tigers. Anderson, a hard thrower, was 10-1 with a 1.82 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 69 innings for the Owls.
The draft's first round includedthe selection of two players from the same high school, Great Bridge in Chesapeake, Va., for only the second time in 33 years.
They were shortstop/pitcher Michael Cuddyer (Minnesota, ninth pick) and pitcher John Curtice (Boston, 17th pick).
1. Detroit, Matt Anderson, p, Rice; 2. Philadelphia, J.D. Drew, of, Florida State; 3. Anaheim, Troy Glaus, 3b, UCLA; 4. San Francisco, Jason Grilli, p, Seton Hall; 5. Toronto, Vernon Wells, of, Bowie HS, Arlington, Texas; 6. New York Mets, Geoff Goetz, p, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla; 7. Kansas City, Daniel Reichert, p, Pacific; 8. Pittsburgh, J.J. Davis, 1b, Baldwin Park HS, Pomona, Calif; 9. Minnesota, Mike Cuddyer, ss, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va; 10. Chicago Cubs, Jon Garland, p, Kennedy HS, Granada Hills, Calif; 11. Oakland, Chris Enochs, p, West Virginia; 12. Florida, Aaron Akin, p, Cowley County (Kan.) CC; 13. Milwaukee, Kyle Peterson, p, Stanford; 14. Cincinnati, Brandon Larson, ss, LSU; 15. Chicago White Sox, Jason Dellaero, ss, South Florida; 16. Houston, Lance Berkman, 1b, Rice; 17. Boston, John Curtice, p, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va; 18. Colorado, Mark Mangum, p, Kingwood (Texas) HS; 19. Seattle, Ryan Anderson, p, Divine Child HS, Westland, Mich; 20. St. Louis, Adam Kennedy, ss, Cal State Northridge; 21. Oakland, Eric DuBose, p, Mississippi State; 22. Baltimore, Jayson Werth, c, Glenwood HS, Chatham, Ill; 23. Montreal, Donnie Bridges, p, Oak Grove HS, Hattiesburg, Miss; 24. New York Yankees, Tyrell Godwin, of, East Bladen HS, Elizabethtown, N.C.; 25. Los Angeles, Glenn Davis, 1b, Vanderbilt; 26. Baltimore, Darnell McDonald, of, Cherry Creek HS, Englewood, Colo.; 27. San Diego, Kevin Nicholson, ss, Stetson; 28. Cleveland, Tim Drew, p, Lowndes County HS, Hahira, Ga.; 29. Atlanta, Troy Cameron, ss, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 30. Arizona, Jack Cust, 1b, Immaculata HS, Flemington, N.J.; 31. Tampa Bay, Jason Standridge, p, Hewitt Trussville (Ala.) HS.
Pub Date: 6/04/97