June 5, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior third baseman Torsten Boss was selected in the eighth round (No. 252 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.
"It was amazing," said Boss on what it felt like to see his name called. "I had my parents, family, and friends around me. We were just waiting all day, and when that call came, it was more of a relief. It's really exciting...I haven't really decided yet, but my dream has always been to play pro ball.
"(Baltimore) just told me congratulations and that we're happy to have you. They had me drafted as an outfielder, but they said I might play outfield, I might play third base, they don't really know. I'm just glad to get drafted...It took a little longer than I expected (today), but I'm just really excited about the opportunity."
The deadline for drafted players to sign a contract with a Major League team is July 13.
"Torsten is a very athletic player with a strong arm who runs well," said Michigan State head coach Jake Boss. "He's very versatile - he can play a lot of different places on the field. He swings it from the left-hand side of the plate and can hit for some power. Torsten is a very talented young man who loves to play the game."
Boss is the only Spartan third baseman in school history to earn All-Big Ten honors three times (second team in 2010; first team in 2011; third team in 2012).
He is the highest drafted Spartan since Bob Malek was chosen in the fourth round in 2002 and is also the highest MSU third baseman selected since Steve Garvey in 1968 (first round, June secondary draft).
In just three seasons, Boss already ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in doubles (tied for sixth with 40), RBIs (tied for sixth with 143) and hits (11th with 208). He owns a .338 career batting average and a .425 on-base percentage, and has hit 18 homers.
As a junior this spring, Boss led the team with 43 RBIs, which also tied for 10th most in the Big Ten. He hit .302 with five home runs, including two homers against preseason All-Americans. In front of numerous scouts against St. John's, Boss delivered a solo homer in his first at-bat of 2012 off of Kyle Hansen, hitting a 94-mph fastball over the left-center field wall. While taking on the fifth-ranked Aggies in College Station, Texas, Boss hit another solo blast, this time against Michael Wacha, who was drafted in the first round (No. 19 overall) by the Cardinals.
Boss also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in walks (second with 43) and on-base percentage (10th at .419). He tied for the team lead in triples with three, and was second in stolen bases (12) and third in doubles (13), runs (44), slugging (.447), hits (71) and on-base percentage.
A third-team preseason Louisville Slugger All-American, Boss had a career-high 15-game hitting streak this season and also reached base in 24 straight games during one stretch. He tied for the team lead with 18 two-out RBIs and 10 multiple RBI games, while ranking third with 21 multi-hit games.
Boss began the season by starting 10 games in center field, but moved back to third base to solidify the Spartan infield defensively.
Boss earned first-team All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region honors as a sophomore after posting career highs in batting (.370), hits (81), doubles (17), triples (5), homers (7), RBIs (59), slugging (.589) and on-base percentage (.589). He played last summer in the Cape Cod League for the Cotuit Kettlers.
In 2010, Boss was a second-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick. He ranked fifth on the team with a .341 batting average and hit six home runs with 41 RBIs.
This marks the ninth straight year a Spartan has been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The MLB Draft continues Tuesday through round 15 and resumes Wednesday at noon with rounds 16-40. Follow live at www.mlb.com.