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Area players hear their names called on second day of MLB draft

Nathan Hickey of the Florida Gators throws out a runner at first base during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Baum-Walker Stadium at George Cole Field on May 22, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Gators to sweep the series 9-2. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) (Wesley Hitt, 2021 Wesley Hitt)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Area products finally heard their names called on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday.

Florida catcher Nathan Hickey was the first local player selected. The Providence graduate was a fifth-round pick of the Red Sox.

Bolles graduate Max Ferguson followed not long after that, going at pick No. 160 to the Padres. Gators outfielder and Ponte Vedra High graduate Jacob Young was a seventh-round selection by the Nationals at No. 203.

Bolles ace Jackson Baumeister, who was projected as high as a second-round pick, wasn’t selected in the top 10 rounds and said on Twitter that he was looking forward to starting his college career at Florida State.

Round 1 was held on Sunday night, Rounds 2-10 are being held Monday and Rounds 11-20 will wrap up the draft on Tuesday.

Local players taken in MLB draft

Round, Pick, Pos. Player, Local tie, College, Team

5. (136) C Nathan Hickey, Providence, Florida, Red Sox

5. (160) 2B Max Ferguson, Bolles, Tennessee, Padres

7. (203) OF Jacob Young, Ponte Vedra, Florida, Nationals


About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.