One of the newest members of the Boston Red Sox comes from right here in central Georgia.
In the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, the Red Sox selected OF Cole Brannen from the Westfield School in Perry with the 63rd overall pick.
MLB.com describes Brannen as "one of the better all-around athletes among high schoolers in this year's Draft."
It adds that he has above average speed, which makes him a threat on the bases and allows him to cover plenty of ground in the outfield.
Brannen started playing for the Hornets' varsity team in 8th grade and has been a star of the team ever since.
Brannen, who was measured at 6'1" and weighs 185 lbs., was ranked as the 68th best prospect overall by MLB.com.
Brannen has committed to play for Georgia Southern, but now needs to decide whether or not to sign with the Red Sox or go to college.
If Brannen decides to play for the Eagles, he will be eligible to be drafted again in three years. However, Brannen told The 3rd Man In blog that he is "110% going pro."
Brannen's draft slot allows him to sign a contract with a signing bonus as large as $993,900.
Brannen was one of two players selected by the Red Sox in Monday's draft. Boston drafted RHP Tanner Houck from the University of Missouri with the 24th overall pick.
In April, Brannen was named our Athlete of the Week.