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Zumwalt South Alum Selected by Royals in MLB Draft

Fred Ford, a 2010 graduate at Fort Zumwalt South, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Zumwalt South Alum Selected by Royals in MLB Draft

Fred Ford's baseball career is staying in the state of Missouri.

The Kansas City Royals selected the former  prep star  in the seventh round (223rd overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. After helping the Bulldogs win the 2009 State Championship, Ford graduated in 2010 and has spent the last two season playing for  Jefferson College in Missouri. 

Ford had  huge numbers for Jefferson College  this season. He hit .432 with a .529 on-base percentage. He hit 13 homers and had 68 RBIs for the Vikings. 

The selection of the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Ford was an  off-the-grid selection by the Royals, at least in some eyes.  Baseball America didn't have Ford among its top 500 prospects in the draft. 

Ford is listed on the Jefferson College website as an infielder/catcher, but the Royals have listed him as an outfielder. The  St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reported Ford, who hasn't played the outfield since his days as a Bulldog, will report to the Royals with the intention of roaming the outfield. 

At Zumwalt South, Ford was first team All-Metro and GAC South player of the year. During his senior year, Ford hit .424 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. 

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