BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - B-A Vollmuth and his dad, Jay, were all smiles when B-A became the 105th overall player drafted. Vollmuth says he was in the backroom while his mother and girlfriend were watching the draft on the internet.
Vollmuth said, "Heard my mom and girlfriend kind of screaming, ah I said I must have got drafted and I kind of got a phone call from the A's. It was pretty exciting. My family is a little more excited then I am."
B-A was a three-year starter for the Golden Eagles. He closed out his junior campaign with a .301 batting average and led Southern Miss with 12 home runs and 49 runs batted in.
"It's always been my goal, " Vollmuth stated. "Ever since I was young and just playing little league baseball here in Biloxi and it's a dream come true for me and I'm happy to have this chance and opportunity."
B.A.'s dad, Jay says he's real proud, "I mean just not myself, but the entire family. It's been a lot of years. Spent a lot of time and effort with B-A to get him to this point and for him to finally reach and reach for that ultimate goal to be a major league ballplayer is really good."
B-A says his high school and college coaches were instrumental in helping him achieve success on the diamond, but most of all his dad played a vital role.
"First off my father, just keeping me level headed when I was young, "B.A. quipped. "I remember a many butt chewing he gave me growing up. Really didn't understand at the time, now I do. I appreciate everything he's done."
Vollmuth becomes the highest Golden Eagle selected in the draft since Clint King was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round in 2003.
So what position will Vollmuth play on the next level?
B.A. said, "I would imagine myself moving to 3rd, staying there and kind of play myself out of there and move to first or maybe in the outfield. I don't know, I'm really kind of open to anything."