Valdosta High left handed pitcher has been selected in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.
Just 17 years old - he'll turn 18 in August - he's a product of the same school that produced former big league pitcher Jack McDowell, Giancarlo Stanton, and former Cincinnati Red Chris Dickerson. London, Ont., shortstop Adam Hall followed on Day 1, going to the Baltimore Orioles with the 60th overall pick. According to Baseball America, the slot value for the 21st overall pick is $2,892,400. The MLB Draft's split between high school and college selections during the opening rounds generally fluctuates over the years, and the pendulum seems to be swinging toward the high schoolers again, at least with the draft's highest picks. It marks the 11th time in the last 12 years that at least 50 league players have been selected.
"Shortstop Jesse Berardi, a 5'10" junior who was drafted in the 40th round by the Phillies back in 2014, stands the best chance to be picked tonight or by midday tomorrow in the baseball draft.
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Hall was the second Canadian taken in the draft on Monday. Hall is committed to Texas A&M next season, but is not expected to be hard for Toronto to sign. Pall had ERAs of 2.97 and 2.81 as a reliever in his first two seasons.
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This season Hall compiled 105 strikeouts in only 51.1 innings while posting a 1.36 ERA.
Tanner Houck, RHP (#24): From the University of Missouri, Houck had a lackluster junior season after pitching very well during his freshman and sophomore years.
As a student-athlete at Cuyahoga Heights High School in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio, Lowther earned three varsity letters in baseball and two in football.
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As a result, the Orioles made the kid out of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio the highest-drafted Musketeer in school history.