The Major League Baseball draft took place from June 3 through 5 with several local players hearing their names called during the event.
Blessed Trinity Catholic product CJ Abrams was the sixth overall selection by the San Diego Padres in the first round. The infielder had a stellar senior campaign for the Titans with a .431 batting average, three home runs, 42 runs scored, 27 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .723. He also stole 33 bases. Abrams was named the Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year for 2019. He was also on the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic team and a 2018 Under Armour All-American Game invitee. Abrams has signed his professional contract with the Padres.
Lovett alumnus Aaron Schunk, who just completed his junior season at the University of Georgia, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the second round and was the 62nd selection overall.
Schunk became the first Bulldog in nine years to earn the “Triple Crown,” leading the team in batting (.339), home runs (15) and RBI (58). Schunk also posted 12 saves to go with a 1-2 mark and a 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances as a pitcher.
Postseason honors for Schunk included receiving the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. As a utility player, he was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America and the College Baseball Foundation. Schunk was a Second Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Third-Team All-American honors came from D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game/Rawlings. Schunk was a First Team All-South Region selection by ABCA/Rawlings and an All-SEC Second Team pick as a third baseman. He was also named to the SEC Community Service Team.
Schunk signed a professional contract with the Rockies and made his debut for the Short Season Class A Boise (Idaho) Hawks in the Northwest League on June 16.
North Atlanta senior pitcher Marc Church was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 18th round as the 535th overall pick. Church had a productive senior campaign for the Warriors as an infielder and pitcher. On the mound, he struck out 40 batters and only walked 11 in 26.2 innings of work. Church had a .397 batting average in addition to 25 runs scored, 20 RBIs and three home runs as a hitter. He has committed to attend North Carolina A&T.
Pitcher Davis Vainer, an alumnus of Riverwood was chosen by the Houston Astros in the 21st round as the 646th overall pick.
Vainer who just completed his redshirt junior year at the University of Alabama, posted 127 strikeouts and limited batters to a .217 average while posting six zaves in his career. This season, Vainer went 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA (11 ER/29.2 IP) and struck out 43 batters in his 17 appearances as a reliever. He held opposing hitters to a .173 average which was the lowest of all Alabama pitchers. Vainer was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian senior center fielder Tres Gonzalez was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 37th round as the 1,121st overall pick therefore being the final player overall selected in the draft.
Gonzalez helped the Mustangs win 18 contests and qualify for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class A Private state playoffs in 2019. He led the team in batting average (.444), on-base percentage (.578), slugging percentage (.667) and OPS (1.245) this past season. Gonzalez posted 28 hits, nine of which were for extra bases, for Mount Vernon. He has committed to attending Georgia Tech starting this fall.