Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (June 6, 2008) – Saint Leo University baseball player Braulio Pardo (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) was selected by the L.A. Angels of Anaheim in the 12th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft on Friday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pardo was pick number 739 overall in this year’s draft.
A First Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection as a junior, Pardo was third in batting average for the Lions, hitting at a .356 clip and totaling 21 RBI and three home runs. The junior catcher also gunned down a total of 11 base runners and picked off two more. In addition, Pardo was a NCBWA Second Team All-South Region choice following the 2008 season.
Pardo, who transferred to Saint Leo from the University of South Florida prior to his junior season, was the 27th catcher taken in the draft. He was the first player from an SSC institution taken in the 2008 Draft.
The selection marked the second straight year that the Lions have had a catcher selected in the MLB Draft. Ricky Nolan was selected in the 24th round a year ago by the Washington Nationals.