Local baseball stars taken in MLB draft

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Mobile Christian’s Ethan Hearn, McGill-Toolen’s Nate LaRue, St Paul’s alum Blaine Crim, and UMS-Wright alum Tanner Allen are the Mobile area players selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft. The three day event concluded Wednesday.

Hearn, a catcher who has committed to Mississippi State, is expected to sign with the Chicago Cubs after being selected in the 6th round. LaRue, an Auburn commitment, who can play in the field and pitch was taken in the 25th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Crim, the Gulf South Conference (Division II) Player of the Year at Mississippi College, was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 19th round. The first baseman prepped at St. Paul’s. Allen hit .350 as a sophomore this year at Mississippi State. The first baseman is a native of Theodore who played high school ball at UMS-Wright.

Pitcher Chad Bryant of Thomasville, who just finished his second year of junior college ball at Pensacola State, and who has committed to the University of Alabama, was taken in the 25th round by the Atlanta Braves.

In Northwest Florida, Pace’s Brandon Sproat, a right handed pitcher, was taken in the 7th round by Texas. Outfielder Trey LaFleur of Tate was taken in the 21st round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tate alum, Branden Fryman, who played collegiately at Samford, was selected by the New York Mets in the 21st round.  He is the son of former big leaguer Travis Fryman.

Trevor McDonald, a pitcher at George County High in Lucedale, MS, was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the 11th round.


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