24 Georgia prep players get Majors nod

A horde of professional baseball scouts has been tracking in north Georgia as Friedel Pinkston, senior pitching prospect from Hart County, pitched his last season with the Bulldogs.

Last Tuesday, the professional baseball teams made their picks in the 2002 draft, and Pinkston was among 23 Georgia prep baseball stars to get the nod from major league teams.

Pinkston, who received extensive exposure in the local media, was 227 in the draft and picked by the National League Expos.

Other well-know players receiving offers from the either the NL or the American League are Jeremy Hermida (11) of Wheeler, a strong, athletic right fielder with a strong hitting record, and Jeffrey Francoeur (23) of Parkview, a talented center fielder with outstanding baseball skills. Hermida was picked by the Marlins and Francoeur by the Braves.

Others getting the nod were Micah Owings (50), Gainesville, Rockies; Jonathan Broxton (60), of Burke County, Dodgers; Brian McCann (64), Duluth, Braves; Scott White (88), Walton, Boston Red Sox; Robert Sovie (110), Stratford Academy, Detroit Tigers; Charles Spann (148), Boston Red Sox; and Gary Browning (178), Wayne County, Boston Red Sox.

Other Georgia picks include Matthew Capps (193), Robert S. Alexander, Pirates; Patrick Clayton (215), Walton, Braves; Brandon Moss (238), Loganville, Red Sox; John Lowen (455), Lassiter, Braves; Adam Davis (778), Metter, Red Sox; Phillip Tapley (847), Giants; Brian Rodgers (908), Berkmar, Athletics; and Luke Taylor (988), Lowndes, Boston Red Sox.

Also, Charles Fletcher (1023), North Springs, Texas Rangers; Brandon Durden (1020), Cook, Chicago White Sox; Christian Castorri (1022), Thomas County Central, Twins; Stantrel Smith (1035), Towers, Cincinatti Reds; Richard Aldridge (1063), Wayne County, Pirates; and Matthew Dale (1115), Walton, Braves.

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