Roswell High School alumnus Zane Evans was selected in the fourth round by the Kansas City Royals. Evans, a catcher/pitcher for Georgia Tech, is one of three national finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for the top catcher in college baseball, was a first-team All-ACC pick and earned mention on the Louisville Slugger All-America Team.
The junior from Roswell led Tech in batting average (.361), was tied for the team lead in RBI (66), led the team with nine game-winning RBI, was second in home runs (14), second in hits (88), second in slugging (.590) and second in on-base percentage (.430). All of those numbers were career highs for Evans, who started every game, including 40 behind the plate as one of the ACC’s best defensive catchers. On the mound, Evans was 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a team-high three saves.
The Boston Red Sox selected Alpharetta native Jake Drehoff in the 12th round. Drehoff, who completed his redshirt sophomore season for Southern Mississippi this spring, posted a 5-5 record with a 3.54 earned run average in 15 starts, which tied for a team-high. He struck out 69 batters for the Golden Eagles while only allowing 30 walks in 81-1/3 innings, winning his last three starts.
Finally, Blessed Trinity infielder Nathaniel Maggio was selected in the 32nd round by the Seattle Mariners. The Tennessee-commit helped lead the Titans to the semifinals of this season’s Class AAA Georgia High School Association baseball state playoffs.