Shreveport native and former Evangel and LSU quarterback Josh Booty is the winner of  MLB Network's first reality TV series, "The Next Knuckler", to secure a tryout in spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For the 37-year-old Booty, the return to spring ball marks a second chance at the sport. Coming out of Evangel in 1994, Josh was a first round pick of the Florida Marlins. He spent five years with that organization - including a year in the majors - before returning to football at LSU.

The competition featured former college quarterbacks Doug Flutie (Boston College), David Greene (Georgia) and Ryan Perrilloux (LSU & Jacksonville State), who joined Booty and his younger brother John David (USC) , all attempting to capture the spot in the Diamondbacks' camp.

The five were tutored by former Red Sox star knuckler Tim Wakefield, along with ex-MLB kunckleballing legends Charlie Hough and Tom Candiotti.

Josh outpitched Greene in the show's finale, both facing a lineup of junior college hitters.

Next for Booty, spring training with Arizona, where he reports next Friday. "I'm ultra-competitive and I'd love to see what I can do...I think I could be a great knuckleballer in 30-40 sessions. If I can throw one inning in a game then I'll know it was worth it."