by Dave Platta
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The MLB draft got underway on Monday night, as the process began that will match big league teams with the guys who have dreamt about making it to the show.
The local player highest on major league baseball's radar screen is Columbus High catcher Jordan Weems.
Baseball America has him listed as the nation's 188th best draft prospect -- which projects him somewhere in the third round.
Weems had another stellar year, hitting .443 with six homers and 36 RBI in 39 games, as he helped take the Blue Devils to a second straight GHSA Class AAA state title.
This whole process been both fun, and nerve wracking for him, especially the latter in the finals hours before the draft got underway.
"Right now is the nerve-wracking process of it," Weems said. "You hope you get drafted and they really don't let you know what's going on. The fun process would have to be getting to go to places to work out with them and meeting the guys and going to baseball fields and stuff like that."
Weems has plenty of family support. His father, Rick, was a 15th round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Columbus State. Older brother Chase went in the sixth round to the Yankees in 2007. That gave him a role model to follow for his personal draft day agenda.
"I'm going to go hang out with my friends -- just a regular day," said Weems. "If they make a phone call, my dad should call me, you know, just let me know. I mean, I'm not going to worry about it too much."
When I responded that it sounded hard to do, he agreed. "I mean, it is, but I'm just going to take it all in, one step at a time. As of right now, I'm going to Georgia State. If a team likes me enough to pick me and give me the money I want, then we'll go there."
The opening night of the draft consisted of the first round and the supplemental picks, the first 60 players selected.