Greenville's Reimold taken in second
The Bowling Green right fielder was selected by the Baltimore Orioles.
BOWLING GREEN -- Nolan Reimold, a graduate of Kennedy Catholic High, was selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball Amateur draft Tuesday by the Baltimore Orioles.
Reimold, a junior at Bowling Green from Greenville, Pa., was taken as the 61st overall pick of the 2005 draft, the highest Falcon position player ever to be drafted and the fourth-highest Falcon ever selected in the 40-year history of the MLB draft.
"I'm happy and relieved all at the same time," Reimold said.
Reimold became just the third Bowling Green player to be drafted among the top two rounds, joining Carl Moraw (29th overall pick, 1985, Milwaukee) and Doug Bair (46th overall pick, 1971, Pittsburgh).
Roger McDowell was drafted in the third round of the 1982 draft by the New York Mets (59th overall pick). Reimold becomes the first Falcon ever drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.
MAC Player of Year
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Reimold was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year as a right fielder. Reimold ended the season with a .360 batting average, .770 slugging percentage, 20 home runs, 62 RBIs, and .496 on-base percentage.
His 20 home runs were second-most and his 62 RBIs were third-most by a Falcon in a single season. He was among the nation's leaders in slugging percentage, home runs and RBIs.
Reimold's slugging percentage has come from 30 of his 64 hits this season going for extra bases (20 home runs, seven doubles, three triples).
He has also hit for average, finishing second on the BGSU squad with a .360 batting average and is sixth all-time at Bowling Green with a .366 career batting average.
Defensively, the junior did not commit an error in 84 opportunities this season.
In the past two seasons, he has committed just one error in over 160 fielding chances. As for his quickness, he has hit three triples in each of the last two seasons. He also was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts this year.
He was named MAC West Player of the Week four times this season after such performances as three home runs vs. Findlay on March 16, a school-record-tying eight RBIs vs. Toledo on May 13, and hitting home runs in four-straight games over the final week of the season.
He also was named National Hitter of the Week on March 28 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.