The High Point-Thomasville HiToms continue their success in developing professional baseball talent. Six HiTom alumni heard their names called in the 2018 MLB Draft this week.
The Seattle Mariners drafted Cesar Trejo in the 17th round. The UNC-Greensboro shortstop batted .290 in 33 games with HPT, scoring 15 runs, 14 RBI, and 3 homers. Trejo also played in the HiToms Legion program as a part of the 2014 Champions Post 87 team.
Randy Norris went to the San Fransisco Giants in the 19th round of the draft out of Winston Salem State. Norris sported a .338 OBP with the HiToms in 2017.
David Fry was the first HiTom selected, taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round. The catcher from Northwestern State had 34 RBI and 32 runs in 2016 with HPT.
Three HiToms pitchers from the 2017 season were selected this year as well.
Erin Baldwin went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 20th round. The righty from Samford pitched 35.1 innings for the HiToms with a 3.06 ERA, striking out 34.
The Cincinnati Reds chose Jake Wyrick from Middle Tennesse State in the 30th round. Wyrick K'd 40 batters in just 26.1 innings with HPT.
In the 40th and final round, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted Waylon Richardson from Kankakee CC. Richardson only pitched 14.2 innings for the HiToms, but made the most of it, striking out 18.
One more HiTom joined the ranks of profesional baseball too. UNC-Wilmington catcher David Sheaffer signed with the Seattle Mariners as a free agent after the draft. Sheaffer spent the last two seasons with the HiToms, and in 30 games he had 26 RBI, with a .421 SLG%