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Wolfe, Beaird selected in MLB draft

Jeff Birchfield • Jun 6, 2018 at 8:01 PM

Local players Hunter Wolfe and Matthew Beaird were selected in the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday.

Wolfe, a former Dobyns-Bennett star, was selected in the 19th round by the Kansas City Royals. Beaird, a former Science Hill standout, was picked in the 36th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

Wolfe, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound shortstop, was drafted in the 12th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school. He played a significant role on Walters State’s NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division I national runner-up team. He finished with nine home runs, 66 RBIs and a .419 batting average. He ranked third in the nation in two separate categories with 41 stolen bases and 88 runs scored.

If Wolfe decides not to go to the Royals, he is verbally committed to Texas Christian University for next season.

Beaird, a 6-foot, 205-pound catcher, played on the Coastal Carolina team which had an improbable run through the College World Series to win the 2016 NCAA national championship. His senior season, Beaird hit .252 for the Chanticleers with 23 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He starred on the defensive end, throwing out 63.9 of stolen base attempts.

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