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James Sneed, a Frederiksted native and recent Educational Complex graduate, signed a professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, after being drafted by the organization in the 14th round (444th overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft in June.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound center fielder injured tendons in his right non-throwing hand during a car accident on St. Croix two days after he was drafted. But he spent the last two months rehabilitating his hand and has fully recovered from the injury.

Sneed’s signing bonus is close to $90,000, Canton said, and the Angels have included college scholarship incentives so he can attend classes during the offseason.

Sneed became the fourth V.I. baseball player — and second right out of high school — to sign a professional contract in the last three months.

Jabari Blash, a Miami Dade Community College sophomore, signed with the Seattle Mariners July 23. Akeel Morris, a recent Charlotte Amalie High School graduate, signed with the New York Mets June 14. Western Oklahoma State College product Jamaine Cotton, an Ivanna Eudora Kean High School graduate, signed with the Houston Astros June 11.

Sneed’s signing bonus is close to $90,000, V.I. Future Stars founder Darren Canton, who played a role in the scouting process, said. The Angels also have included college scholarship incentives so he can attend classes during the offseason.

(resource: VirginIslandsDailyNews)