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On Tuesday, three area prospects were picked on day one of the 2005 draft.

Leading the way, was Angelina College pitcher Clay Buchholtz. He will receive a major chunk of change. The JUCO All-American was the 42nd overall pick.

The defending World Series champion, Boston Red Sox selected Buchholtz.

Three A.C. pitchers in all were drafted. Josh Tomlin and Jake Leonhardt (SFA signee) were taken as well. The San Diego Padres selected Tomlin in the 11th round and the Washington National took Leonhardt in the 50th round.

Three former Lufkin High School pitchers were picked as well.

Robert Ray, who was drafted out of high school, was a 7th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays. Ray spent the past three seasons pitching for Texas A&M.

Trey Hearne was a 28th round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals. Hearne spent the past two seasons on the pitching staff at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after a couple of season at Angelina College.

The surprise pick was Todd Conerly. The former Lufkin High School pitcher was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 30th round after one season with Angelina College. Conerly will return to the Roadrunners staff next season.

Round out the draft picks was Hudson High School pitcher Wesley Musick. The University of Houston signee was picked by the Houston Astros in the 46th round. Musick did not want to sign unless he was a top-5 round pick.

Musick will continue his career on the UH Cougars staff next season.