James Logan High outfielder Amalani Fukofuka became the first East Bay high school player selected in the Major League Baseball draft when he was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round on Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Fukofuka batted .390 with 15 stolen bases and 22 runs scored as the leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Colts, who won the Mission Valley Athletic League title and reached the North Coast Section Division I semifinals. He had three triples, including one in a 10-3 win over California in the NCS quarterfinals. He finished that game a home run shy of the cycle.
A two-sport star, Fukofuka was a second-team All-East Bay wide receiver for Logan. He scored 16 touchdowns and caught 48 passes for 1,100 yards for the Colts in helping them go 12-2 and reach the NCS championship game, which they lost to eventual state champion De La Salle.
Fukofuka figures to be a strong candidate to sign a professional contract with the Royals, who took him with the 144th selection in the draft.
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