Hinds star drafted by Giants

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, June 9, 2011

Travious Relaford, a freshman shortstop at Hinds Community College, was taken in the 44th round by the San Francisco Giants on the final day of the Major League draft on Wednesday.

The Union City, Ga.

native started 30 of 34 games, hitting .280 in the leadoff spot with five doubles, five RBIs and eight stolen bases.

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Draftees have until Aug. 15 to sign.

As for the rest of the draft, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers made a splash in the late rounds for a different reason.

Johnathan Taylor and Buddy Lamothe might never play baseball again after accidents left them partially paralyzed.

That didn’t matter to the teams that picked them Wednesday.

Taylor, an outfielder from the University of Georgia, was a 33rd-round pick of the Rangers, while Lamothe, a reliever from San Jacinto College, was the Astros’ 40th-round selection.

Taylor was left paralyzed from the chest down after he broke his neck in March.