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Kaupe goes in fourth round to Mets

June 5, 2012 - Robert Collias

Baldwin High School infielder Branden Kaupe just became the second-highest baseball draft pick in Maui County history when he went in the fourth round to the New York Mets, 140th overall.

The highest pick in county history was Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki, a Baldwin alum who went in the second round in 2004 to the A's out of Cal State Fullerton.

We were the first media to talk to Kaupe and here is what he had to say (Full story in tomorrow's paper):

"It is just really exciting," Kaupe said. "Everything has just been happening so fast, it is just a blessing that this could happen to me."

Kaupe said he was surprised when the Mets called before 8 a.m. HST, in the fourth round.

"We were surprised," he said. "Lately the phone calls we have been getting from the scouts I have been projected in the sixth, seventh, eighth round. They called during the fourth and they were telling us that I may be called right now because I was on the top of their list. I was just watching it on and when I did get called called it was just a big surprise."

Kaupe said he will sign when a Mets representative comes to Maui next week. While he is listed as shortsop on the Mets website, he expects to play second base in the long run. He had previously signed a scholarship agreement with Central Arizona Junior College.

"They just listed me at shortstop because that is what I played my senior year," he said. "I am going to sign — I haven't talked money yet, but that will all happen next week."


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