Posted: Friday, June 6th 2014 at 8:24pm
Winder's Pentecost taken with 11th pick in MLB Draft; Adams, Gettys taken in 2nd round
By staff reports
NEW YORK -- Former Winder-Barrow standout and current Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost was the first Georgia player selected Thursday in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Pentecost was taken with the 11th overall pick by the Toronto Blue Jays. He recently helped the Owls knock off Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional to advance to their first-ever Super Regional.
Coming into the regionals, Pentecost led the NCAA with 23 home runs and was second in the nation with a .423 batting average.
White County right-hander Spencer Adams was taken with the 44th selection (2nd round, 3rd pick) by the Chicago White Sox. Adams, a University of Georgia signee, has a fastball clocked in the mid-90s and has four pitches that he can throw for strikes. He also helped lead the Warriors to a spot in the Class AAA playoffs this past season.
Gainesville's Michael Gettys was taken just a few minutes later by the San Diego Padres with the 51st pick. The power-hitting outfielder, also a Georgia-signee, was considered a potential top 10 pick before the season began. He is considered a four-tool prospect.
The first two rounds of the draft were held Thursday. No other local players were selected on Thursday.
The only other Georgia player taken in the first round was Michael Chavis, a shortstop from Sprayberry High School in Cobb County.
Franklin County's Brent Honeywell (class of 2013) also was taken in the second round with the 72nd pick by Tampa Bay. Honeywell played for Walters State CC this past season.
Former Buford High standout Sam Clay, who just finished his sophomore season at Georgia Tech, was taken in the fourth round by Minnesota with 110th overall pick.
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