Keone Kela will be playing baseball for the Texas Rangers organization having been selected in the 2012 draft. He graduated from Chief Sealth International High School in 2011.
Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela picked by Texas Rangers in 2012 Baseball Draft
Former Chief Sealth High pitcher Keone Kela has been selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.
Kela, a 2011 Seahawk grad, was picked in the 12th round, the 396th pick in the nation.
"This pick marked the fifth straight right-handed pitcher taken by the Rangers and the tenth college player in a row selected by them," according to ML Baseball Blogs.
Kela, at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 29th round last year, but chose to attend Everett Community College instead.
"The right-hander has a 'loose arm,'" M's scouting director Tom McNamara told Seattle Times' Larry Stone last year. (In baseball parlance, a "loose arm" is a flexible arm; quick and strong.)
"Sometimes those local guys, you want to take them, and someone's taking them before you," McNamara said. "We were glad to have him."
Too bad Keone Kela might now be a Texas Ranger.