Two metro Atlanta athletes from the five counties the Neighbor covers were chosen in Major League Baseball’s 2021 amateur draft, which was held July 11 through 13.

Louisville catcher Henry Davis was the first overall selection in the draft, being taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Georgia Southern senior pitcher Nick Jones, a Johns Creek native, was selected in the eighth round (231st overall pick) by the Los Angeles Angels. Georgia sophomore pitcher Ben Harris, a Milton High grad, was also chosen in the eighth round (252nd overall selection) by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Last year’s draft was only five rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2019 draft had 40 rounds, and previous drafts have had even more. This year’s draft was only 20 rounds. Players who are not drafted by a team can sign with them as free agents.

Several other metro-area players were rated as possible draftees, according to mlb.com’s draft tracker, but none were selected, likely due to the fact that this year’s draft was only 20 rounds.

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