Along with 16 other baseball players in the metro area, Lovvorn has been invited to the Braves 400 Fan Club’s Annual High School All-Star Luncheon at Turner Field’s 755 Club.
“It’s an honor,” the left-handed pitcher Lovvorn said. “Last year, Clint Frazier, Josh Hart and Austin Meadows among others went and they all got drafted in the first round of the Major League Draft and that is a good sign for me.”
“Jake had a phenomenal year — both on the mound and swinging the bat,” Tucker coach Vincent Byams said. “I’m just glad he got the opportunity and got recognized by the Braves’ organization for being one of those top players in high school.”
For the 17-9 Tigers, who advanced to the first round of the playoffs, Lovvorn earned a 6-2 record with a 0.82 ERA.
“I feel like I made a statement for myself,” Lovvorn said. “Scouts and what not know I can play ball. I can pitch. I’m worth a look.”
The other honorees are: Lambert’s Seth Beer, Walton’s Chase Burks, Sprayberry’s Michael Chavis, Norcross’ Trevor Craport, North Cobb’s Trevor Devine, Lambert’s JD Dutka, Roswell’s Scott Franklin, Parkview’s Isiah Gilliam, Milton’s Ryan Gridley, Johns Creek; Charlie Hecht, Whitewater’s Jonathan Hendershot, Loganville’s Austin Hendricks, Mays’ Isaiah Lewis, Parkview’s Mac Marshall, Lanier’s TJ Richardson and Woodland’s TJ Riles.
Lovvorn or one of the aforementioned players will also be named the 2014 Player of the Year.
“I will be surprised,” said Lovvorn when asked about earning that distinction. “This is a highly talented group of guys. That will be an honor amongst honors if I can pull that off but I’m not expecting anything with such great talent around me.”
Braves general manager Frank Wren will be the guest speaker at the event.
During the offseason, Lovvorn plans to compete with Team DeMarini, while working out more and focusing on increasing the speed of his fastball.
“I need to add velocity the most as a pitcher,” Lovvorn said.
“I challenged him to be a better all-around player because that will definitely help his game out,” Byams said.