Baseball: Catawba catcher Almond a Diamondback – Salisbury Post

By Mike London

The third and final day of the MLB draft on Wednesday triggered sporadic phone calls for Catawba College slugger Zac Almond.

Almond, a big, howitzer-armed catcher whose defense is at least as good as his offense, had completed a spectacular junior season for the Indians with 17 homers and 61 RBIs in 53 games. A second team All-Southeast Region selection, he had reasons to believe he would be drafted relatively early by the Colorado Rockies.

The Rockies had shown the most intense interest in the days preceding the draft, but the calls Almond was fielding on Wednesday, as the draft progressed into the 20-something rounds, were coming from the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Basically, both organizations wanted to know the same thing.

“What was the bottom dollar that I would take?” Almond said. “Would…

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