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June 6, 2014

Former Triangle high school players drafted by MLB

Only Fuquay-Varina’s D.J. Burt was taken straight out of high school. Other picks were Green Hope graduate Max Povse, Holly Springs grad Carlos Rodon, South Johnston grad Logan Jernigan and Wakefield grad Vance Vizcaino.

In addition to former Holly Springs High School star Carlos Rodon, four other players who played their high school baseball in the Triangle were drafted in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft.

• Rodon, who starred at N.C. State the last three seasons, was taken third overall by the Chicago White Sox.
• Green Hope grad Max Povse, a 6-foot-8 junior right-handed pitcher at UNC-Greensboro, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the third round (102nd overall). Povse, who once struck out 18 in a game his senior year with the Falcons, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 in the 42nd round. Like his former conference opponent Carlos Rodon of Holly Springs (drafted third overall by the Chicago White Sox on Thursday), he turned down an offer to enter the minor leagues out of high school and the move paid off with a significant draft improvement.
• Also taken Friday was Fuquay-Varina‘s D.J. Burt, who graduated earlier that day. The 5-foot-7 Bengals shortstop who can play up to five different positions was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round (123rd overall).
• On Saturday, South Johnston grad Logan Jernigan, who played the past three seasons at N.C. State, was drafted in the 15th round, 447th overall by the San Diego Padres.
• Wakefield product Vance Vizcaino, who played one year at Tennessee and this past season at Glendale Community College in Arizona, was drafted by the Royals in the 29th round (873rd overall).

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