Padres pick Victoria's Roman Madrid
June 5, 2012 at 1:05 a.m.
During his collegiate career, Victoria native Roman Madrid has played in two different time zones and called three different ball parks home.
He could be on the move again after being drafted by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in the seventh round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.
The Padres selected the University of Central Florida junior pitcher with the 225th overall pick. He did not return messages left with him Tuesday evening.
Madrid is the 12th alum of the Victoria Generals to be drafted in the team's four-year history.
"It's always special to see those guys go, guys that you've gotten to know personally," said Generals general manager Black Koch. "We're really excited for him, it's going to be a great opportunity for him."
Koch added that he is hoping to get Madrid to play for the Generals for a few games before signing. The deadline to sign with the Padres is in mid-July.
Madrid played with the Generals for two seasons, and was a part of the 2010 TCL championship team.
The Memorial alum started his collegiate career at A&M-Corpus Christi before moving on to McLennan Community College in 2011 and UCF in 2012.
This is the second time Madrid's name was called in the draft. The Cleveland Indians selected him in the 44th round in 2009.
As a junior, Madrid made 31 appearances for UCF and compiled a 5-2 record with a 1.02 ERA and saved three games. He also struck out 46 batters and held opponents to a .222 batting average.
When the Indians selected Madrid three years ago, it was as a catcher.
Since then, the 6-foot-1 pitcher has worked to pitch effectively at the collegiate level.
"He was always out there trying to get better and, obviously, it paid off," said West coach Manuel Alvarado, who coached Madrid at Memorial.
If Madrid makes it to the Double-A level in the Padres organization, he would play for the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League.