Four more locals picked on final day of MLB draft

Four more players with ties to Gwinnett County were selected as the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concluded Thursday.

Three of those four selected Thursday are current college players - Duluth grad and Oglethorpe University pitcher Daniel Sarisky, Wesleyan grad and Georgia Tech first baseman Tony Plagman and Collins Hill grad and Georgia pitcher Justin Earls - while Norcross pitcher Forrest Garrett was the lone current high school player to be chosen.

Sarisky was the first to come off the board when he was selected by the Houston Astros in the 40th round.

The sophomore left-hander earned first-team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors after going 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 401/3 innings for the Stormy Petrels this spring.

Garrett was the next local player to be selected after being taken by the Texas Rangers in the 41st round.

The lefty missed most of his senior season at Norcross with an arm ailment, but posted a save with a 1.66 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 122/3 innings this spring.

Perhaps the most surprising of all Gwinnett players taken this season was Plagman.

The former Wesleyan star lasted until he was taken by the New York Yankees in the 46th round despite an outstanding junior season at Tech in which he led the Yellow Jackets with 73 RBIs and was among the team leaders in several other categories, including hitting .354 with 16 home runs.

"I didn't really go in with big expectations because the draft can be a bit weird," said Plagman, who has the option to sign with the Yankees before Aug. 15 or return to Tech for his senior season. "It can be a lot about signability issues. .... I'll go up to the Cape (Cod amateur wood bat league) this summer and then we'll see."

Rounding out Gwinnett's 2009 draft class was Earls, who was selected in the 47th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates after going 0-1 with a 7.31 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 32 innings over 33 appearances for the Bulldogs this season.