Monday, June 4, 2012

Prep baseball: Two familar names picked in MLB Draft

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A pair of players picked during the first day of the MLB draft Monday should be familiar to area baseball fans.
Tampa Jesuit's Lance McCullers Jr., pictured above, was taken in the compensatory round by the Houston Astros with the 41st pick. The Astros were awarded the pick when they lost free agent shortstop Clint Barmes to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who of course, spend their springs in Bradenton.
McCullers pitched a complete game to help the Tigers beat Bayshore during the Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinals.
Earlier in the draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected pitcher Nick Travieso with the 14th overall pick. A senior at Archbishop McCarthy, Travieso tossed 6 1/3 innings to help the Mavericks defeat Lakewood Ranch in the Class 6A state semifinals.
McCarthy defeated Pace the following day to claim the program's third straight state title.

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