Three years after being late-round selection of the Braves, former Walton ace Zac Kristofak turned three seasons at Georgia into a 14th-round selection by the Angels.

On the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, three players with Cobb County ties heard their names called.

Former Walton High School standout Zac Kristofak was a 14th-round selection of the Los Angeles Angels out of Georgia.

It was Kristofak's second time being drafted. He was a 37th-round selection after his senior year at Walton, in which he led the Raiders to the Class AAAAAA state championship.

“Zac is one of those hard-working and tough players,” Walton coach Shane Amos said. “At every level, he finds success, and with everything that has happened to him in his life, he loves to prove people wrong. The Angels are getting a good pitcher who really knows how to pitch.”

Kristofak finished his junior season at Georgia going 5-0 with a 3.80 ERA, six saves, 63 strikeouts and 15 walks.

After playing for three years for the Bulldogs, he took to social media Wednesday to let everyone know he would be turning pro.

“First off, I would like to thank THE University of Georgia for the best three years of my life,” Kristofak said on Instagram. “Playing at UGA and being able to call myself a Bulldog has been one of the biggest honors of my life."

Kristofak went on to thank the Angels "for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player, and I am beyond excited to take my next step."

The Detroit Tigers drafted Kennesaw State pitcher Josh Coburn in the 25th round. The junior, who began his career at Jackson State Community College, went 2-3 with a 4.90 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his first year as an Owl.

Coburn extended a streak of Kennesaw State draftees to 13 straight years, and a total of 69 since 1989.

Recent Hillgrove graduate Deion Walker was drafted in the 35th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Walker played pivotal roles in the Hawks' run to the Class AAAAAAA state championship series, serving as team's top hitter and pitcher. He had signed to play at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Alabama.

John Bednarowski is the sports editor of the Marietta Daily Journal and president of the Associated Press Sports Editors. He can be reached at sportseditor@mdjonline.com or on Twitter @jbednarowski


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