June 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Former Navy baseball standout Alex Azor, who was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of this month's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, has been assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays. Bluefield is a rookie affiliate of Toronto and plays in the Appalachian League.
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The Bluefield Blue Jays will begin their 68-game regular season schedule - which runs through August - on Tuesday when they take on the Bristol White Sox.
"We haven't even played a game yet and it has already been an experience of a lifetime," said Azor, who reported to Bluefield this past weekend. "The coaching staff is filled with knowledge and compassion for the game."
Azor will have the opportunity to play for Bluefield until he reports to the Marine Corps later this summer. The Blue Jays organization will place Azor on the restricted list while he is fulfilling his military commitment.
"It's a beautiful area," said Azor. "I have a great host family and I can't wait to go out and play and see the stands filled."
Azor's 10th-round selection (No. 325 overall) is the highest a player from the Naval Academy has ever been taken in the MLB Draft. This past season he led Navy with a .322 batting average and was voted to the All-Patriot League first team for the second time in his career. The native of Miami, Fla., ended his Navy career with a total of 209 hits, which is the fifth most of any player in program history. His 173 games played and 160 starts rank eighth and ninth, respectively, in team history.