Former Saints right hander Bobby Doran has become the highest ever player drafted with Seward County ties after being selected in the 4th round, 123rd overall by his hometown team, the Houston Astros. This season while at Texas Tech, Doran impressed scouts with a 5-4 record and a 4.35 ERA while striking out 81 and walking just 23 in 89 innings of work. Last season as a sophomore at Seward, Doran went 10-3 with a 2.58 ERA, anchoring the front of the Saints rotation and was drafted in the 36th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A big part of Doran moving up nearly 1,000 picks in the draft from 2009 to 2010 was his performance against the University of Missouri this Spring in which he struck out 16 Tiger hitters en route to being named the NCAA National Pitcher of the Week.

Doran has officially signed with the Astros and has been assigned to the Tri-City Valley Cats of the New York Penn League. The Valley Cats will start their season at home on Friday when they host the Connecticut Tigers.