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Locals limited in Day 2 of MLB Draft

After two recently graduated Gwinnett County high school seniors were selected in the first 37 picks during the opening day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Day 2 of the event was considerably less busy for local players.

South Gwinnett grad, and current Southern Polytechnic State University senior, Nick Blount was the only player with Gwinnett ties to be selected in the middle rounds Friday, going in the ninth round with the 273rd overall pick to the Chicago White Sox.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound right-handed pitcher, who initially signed with the University of Tennessee out of high school, had a strong senior season filling a variety of roles for the Hornets.

He made 20 appearances, including four starts, but mainly served as SPSU's closer out of the bullpen, posting a 2-4 record with a team-best eight saves, a 2.74 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched this past spring.

However, there was still plenty of activity involving players from Georgia, especially the state's two largest Division I college programs.

After seeing one of its most prized incoming freshman taken when Parkview's Josh Hart was taken by Baltimore in the Competitive Balance A round Thursday, Georgia Tech saw another of its 2013 recruits, outfielder Terry McClure, taken in the eighth round Friday by the Colorado Rockies.

In addition, five current Yellow Jackets heard their names called Friday, including pitching ace Buck Farmer (fifth round, Detroit) and power hitters Daniel Palka (third round, Arizona) and Zane Evans (fourth round, Kansas City).

Perhaps the most intriguing Tech selection was outfielder Kyle Wren, who was taken in the eighth round by the Atlanta Braves. Wren, who played his high school ball at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonaugh, is the son of Braves general manager Frank Wren.

Outfielder Brandon Thomas was Tech's other selection, going one pick after Wren in the eighth round to the New York Yankees.

Georgia also had a player selected in Friday's rounds, with catcher Kyle Farmer being taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round.