Russell County ace Ray Castillo was selected in the 27th round of the draft, 833rd overall, by the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
Castillo has been tracking the draft throughout, and he had fielded calls from teams both on the second day and third day from teams asking about his price and how likely he was to sign -- Castillo is an Alabama signee -- before the Indians finally pulled the trigger.
"I was watching the draft all day," Castillo said. "I went to go eat, left it for five minutes, and then my college coach texted me to congratulate me on getting drafted. It's a dream come true. I've been wanting to play professional baseball since I was six."
Castillo now has to make a decision between joining the Indians' minor-league system or going to Alabama for the next three years.
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For the moment, that decision will have to wait.
"We’ll see how that pans out," Castillo said. "I’m not sure yet."
In the 30th round, the Indians also drafted Columbus High shortstop Josh Lester, a Missouri signee with power from the left side. Former Columbus High standout Will Howard was taken in the 22nd round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Lester still expects to play college baseball despite the draft selection.
"More than likely, I'm going to college, and hopefully, in three years, when I'm a junior, I'll get picked again, and it will be much higher," Lester said.
Lester was following the MLB Draft online, but he was still surprised to see his own name flash across the screen.
"At first, I didn't even believe it when I saw my name, until the guy called me to congratulate me on being picked," Lester said. "It's very exciting. I wasn't really expecting it. I knew it was a possibility."