Big hits: Local standouts selected in MLB Draft

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Benedictine School shortstop Jamari Baylor was selected in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, the highest pick of the many locals drafted during the three-day process.

Baylor, the 91st overall pick, will have the option of signing with the Phillies or continuing on to Louisburg Junior College.

VCU players selected were junior pitcher Connor Gillispie (9th round, Baltimore Orioles), senior shortstop Zac Ching (10th round, Los Angeles Dodgers) and junior pitcher Sam Ryan (12th round, Toronto Blue Jays).

Former James River first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino was an 11th round pick by the Kansas City Royals out of Old Dominion and the Baltimore Orioles selected former Randolph-Macon and Benedictine right-hander Nick Roth in the 26th round.

Richmond senior catcher Kyle Schmidt went in the 33rd round to the Minnesota Twins.

Junior shortstop Tanner Morris was the first of three Virginia Cavaliers to come off the board, getting picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round. Junior pitcher Noah Murdock (seventh round, Kansas City Royals) and senior center fielder Cameron Simmons (20th round, Chicago White Sox) are the others.

Virginia Tech junior left fielder Kerry Carpenter was a 19th-round selection by the Detroit Tigers, while Hokies senior right-hander Nic Enright was snapped up by the Cleveland Indians in the 20th round and junior righty Jack Dellinger was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round.

James Madison pitchers Nick Robertson (junior, 7th round, Los Angeles Dodgers), Shelton Perkins (senior, 16th round, Baltimore Orioles), Dan Goggin (senior, 17th round, New York Mets) and Kevin Kelly (junior, 19th round, Cleveland Indians) were also selected.

Radford junior first baseman Spencer Horwitz (24th round, Toronto Blue Jays), William and Mary junior right-hander Jamie Sara (25th round, Philadelphia Phillies), Old Dominion senior third baseman Bryce Windham (32nd round, Chicago Cubs) are other locals picked.

Underclassmen drafted have the option of returning to school, unlike most sports.

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