Two Former Mudville Shortstops Drafted in this Year’s 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft
Mercer Island, WA – Long-time shortstop Jeffery Bohling (2006, 2010-11) and Jack Smith (2014) became the 11th and 12th former Mudville players drafted in this past June’s 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft.
One of the all-time offense category leaders in Mudville history, Jeff help propelled Mudville to a AABC State & Regional Championship appearance.
Bohling went in the 17th round to Colorado. The Bellevue native hit .270 during his senior season, driving in 26 runs and scoring 26 himself. On May 14 against Loyola Marymount, he hit a key three-run home run to help push the Zags over the Lions, clinching the series and allowing GU a chance to clinch a share of the league crown a week later against BYU. In 2016, he was the WCC Player of the Year after finishing with eight home runs, 50 RBIs, and a .522 slugging percentage. As a redshirt junior in 2016, he also earned First Team All-Region honors.
Smith, from Mercer Island High School played the 2015 season with Mudville as a sophomore. The 2014 Mudville team he played for won the CABA West National Championship in Hayward, CA. Mudville was instrumental in helping Smith garner a scholarship to Washington State University by long-time Coach Marty Lees. In 2015, he helped lead Mercer Island HS to a Washington State 3A State Championship. He was drafted in the 39th round.
Jeff and Jack join a long list of Mudville Alum drafted by professional baseball, including most recent, John “Big Country” Pomeroy (2012-2013), selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. Other former notables include Trace Tam Sing (Pirates), Sam Lindquist (Mariners), Cole Wiper (Rangers) and Matt Boyd (Blue Jays).