Jerrell Allen and Devon Reed led the 2011 Milford Baseball program to a Division and Conference title earlier this year as the number one and two hitters on the Bucs roster. It was the accomplishment of being drafted by Major League teams, however, that turned both of the boys into local celebrities overnight among their peers. Jerrel Allen was chosen in the 11th in the MLB draft by the Kansas City Royal and Devon Redd was drafted by the Marlins in round 20. It was the first time that any high school team in Delaware have had two athletes from the same team chosen in the same draft.
As seniors the boys led the Milford Bucs to a 17-3 season and a State Tournament appearance where they won their first playoff game in over 20 years.
“They are great athletes,” commented Athletic Director Glen Stevenson. “Both boys have started since their freshman year and were a big part of this year’s team. They have committed their lives to the game of baseball and they should be very proud of what their hard work has produced.”
Jarrell and Devon were together watching the draft tracker with friends on television when they received the news. When the news of Jerrell’s draft to the Kansas City Royals came across the wire the entire room got silent and then erupted with congratulations. “I was overwhelmed with joy that it was finally over and I finally heard my name called,” explained Jarrell.
Devon was drafted two hours later by the Florida Marlins as the scene was much the same. “I was relieved to finally hear my name. It was like the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders,” said Devon.
Jarrell has already received his contract from the Royals and will begin negotiations with the team now. If negotiations go through Jarrell will take a trip to Arizona to play rookie ball for the summer. From there, Jerrell will have a chance to play for the single A Wilmington Blue Rocks in Delaware. It is there where he will have to prove himself to get a chance to play in “the show”.
Devon has a decision to make regarding his future with baseball. He will decide between being drafted and attending school to play ball on the collegiate level. “It will depend on which will benefit my family and I more,” stated Devon. He has already signed a letter of intent to play baseball at College at Charleston in South Carolina.
When asked about what it takes to make it to the Major Leagues both Jarrell and Devon understand it will take complete dedication and hard work. “It is my job now,” stated Jarrell. “I will have to learn how to play the game at a professional level.” Devon understands that he will be playing with athletes at the highest level. “The ability to deal with failure will be important,” admitted Devon. “Competing with better players means you will fail more often.”
Looking back on last season both boys are proud of the accomplishments of the team. They both give the credit to Coach Nichols and his coaching staff for their ability to push all the athletes to do their best.
Jarrell attributes his success to his mother. “She is my inspiration,” Said Jarrell. “She always taught me to get out there and be better than the rest.”
Devon is grateful for his parents who “have been there through this long journey.”
Jarrell and Devon have had plenty of success in baseball to date and the community as a whole will be excited to see their future accomplishments. Both athletes will begin their careers during the summer, whether that is at college or in the minor leagues, as the town of Milford hopes to see them playing in “the show” in the near future.