VALDOSTA -- Fifty rounds and two days later, the annual Major League Baseball Amateur Draft came to a close Tuesday with a few local selections.
Florida State junior shortstop Stephen Drew, a Lowndes High product, was the main attraction after going to the Arizona Diamondbacks at pick No. 15 in the first round. His selection marked the first time three siblings have been taken in the first round of the MLB draft.
Drew was one of four local players to be drafted or signed. Clemson senior outfielder Zane Green, also a former Lowndes product, and Valdosta State junior pitcher Robbie Wachman were both selected on the second day of the draft. Valdosta State fifth-year senior pitcher Adam Lingenfelter signed a few weeks prior to the draft.
Drew was expected to be one of the top three picks in this year's draft, but fell to No. 15 after his agent, Scott Boras, reportedly wanted too much money from the San Diego Padres, who held the first pick in the draft.
"I'm not disappointed at all," Drew told Florida State University's athletics website. "You never know what's going to happen once the draft starts. I'm going to get a chance to play a game I love, hopefully for a long time. To get drafted in the first round is an honor."
Drew was drafted in the 11th round by Pittsburgh in 2001, but opted to go to Florida State instead of signing out of high school. Drew and the Seminoles travel to play Arkansas later this week in an NCAA Super Regional.
His oldest brother, J.D., now with the Atlanta Braves, was the No. 2 pick overall by the Phillies in 1997, but did not sign. He was then the No. 5 pick overall by the Cardinals in 1998. He's hitting .293 with 12 homers and 32 RBI this season.
Tim Drew was taken with the No. 28 overall pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 1997 draft. Tim is 2-5 (one save), 3.28 ERA in 49.1 innings at Class AAA Richmond in the Braves' farm system.
After a difficult senior season at Clemson, Green was drafted in the 44th round by the Chicago Cubs Tuesday.
"I think it's a good organization and I'm happy to be a part of it," Green said. "I got the call right when it happened."
Green said he'll leave later this week for extended spring training camp in Arizona.
"I just want my chance to get out there and play, just to give it a shot," Green said.
He didn't get much of a chance in 2004 at Clemson. After hitting .326 and starting 41 games as the Tigers' primary leadoff hitter in 2003, Green had his playing time cut this season by head coach Jack Leggett. He started only 10 games and hit .063 in 48 at-bats.
"I got off to a slow start and a couple other guys were working in," Green said. "It was a real crappy year."
Back in Lowndes County, Wachman became the second family member to be drafted, going to the Cincinnatti Reds in the 32nd round. His brother, Corey, also went with the Reds in 2002 as a junior at Valdosta State. Robbie, a junior who was drafted out of Bainbridge High, said Wednesday he has decided to sign with the Reds' organization and forego his senior season with the Blazers.
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to go (to the Reds)," said Wachman, who was umpiring a baseball tournament at Berrien High. "It was a tough decision, but I had to figure out what the best opportunity for me was. My dream is to play in the majors, and the Lord has given me that chance."
Wachman said the only reason he would stay for his senior year would be to get his degree, which he's a year away from, but the Reds have offered to pay for his schooling later on if he goes ahead and signs.
Wachman said he likely will start with the Billings Mustangs, a Reds' Rookie League affiliate in Billings, Mont. He also said his brother, Corey, has given up on baseball after trying to come back from arm surgery a second time.
"(Valdosta State head) coach (Tommy) Thomas and (assistant coach Shannon) Jernigan have been great," Wachman said. "They've done a lot for my family, brought us a long way. They've gotten me to this point and I wouldn't have done anything different.
"I think this is the right time to go."
Wachman's fellow flamethrower at Valdosta State, Lingenfelter, signed a minor league contract with the Reds last month. Wachman said Lingenfelter is still at an extended league camp in Sarasota, Fla.