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Local high school baseball players wait for call from majors

Local high school baseball players will have to wait a little longer to hear their names called in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

The first 60 selections (31 picks in the first round were followed by 29 compensatory picks) were made Monday night, but names such as Columbus High's Kyle Carter and JT Phillips, Russell County's Rock Rucker and Harris County’s Andrew Fears were not announced.

The draft will resume at noon today with Rounds 2-15. Rounds 16-40 will be held Wednesday. Both days the draft can be watched on mlb.com.

Carter and Phillips just finished leading Columbus to a third straight Georgia High School Association Class AAA state championship last week. The friends also led the Columbus Northern Little League team to a World Series title in 2006.

Carter, a left-handed pitcher/outfielder, batted .302 with 14 homers and 31 RBIs. Carter has signed with Georgia as has Phillips.

Carter was listed as the No. 193 prospect in the nation and No. 16 in the state of Georgia by Baseball America before the draft.

Phillips, who battled some injuries during his high school career, batted .453 with six homers and 27 RBIs. He was also 9-1 on the mound.

He was rated No. 398 and No. 24 by Baseball America.

Rucker helped lead the Warriors to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A state quarterfinals.

Rucker, who has signed with Auburn, batted .382 with eight homers, while he was 7-0 with an 0.76 ERA on the mound.

Prior to the draft, Baseball America has Rucker, a left-handed pitcher/outfielder, listed as the No. 253 prospect in the nation and No. 9 in the state of Alabama.

Players taken in this year’s draft have until July 15 to sign with the club that drafted them.

The Atlanta Braves took Brookwood (Ga.) High right-hander Lucas Sims with the 21st overall pick. Sims was 8-1 with a 1.95 ERA this past season.

“We are happy to be able to draft a Georgia boy, especially one from our backyard who is a great athlete with a great arm and great make-up.” Tony DeMacio, the Braves’ director of scouting, said in a press release. “We are looking forward to getting him into the fold as soon as possible. We think we have a top of the rotation type of player.”

Georgia Tech pitcher Luke Bard went to the Minnesota Twins with the 42nd pick Monday night in the compensatory round between the first and second rounds.

Georgia signee Byron Buxton of Appling County (Ga.) High was the second player selected Monday night. The center fielder was taken by the Minnesota Twins.

Auburn watched a pair of signees get taken. David Dahl (Oak Mountain, Ala., High) went to Colorado at No. 10, while Addison Russell (Pace, Fla., High) went No. 11 to the Oakland A’s.

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