By Greg Ward
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two Columbus natives were drafted earlier this week in the 2015 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Justin Ellison, who graduated from Hardaway High School in 2013, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round as an outfielder. Ellison currently plays for Western Oklahoma State, but in April, announced he would be continuing his education and playing career at Oklahoma State University.
It could be a quick rise to the top for Ellison. According to the Braves official website, only four of the Braves top 30 prospects are outfielders, with one of them being Todd Cunningham who is already on the big league roster.
One round later, former Columbus High School standout Josh Lester was taken by the Detroit Tigers with the 400th overall pick.
The 2012 Columbus High graduate has a laundry list of accomplishments in his baseball career. The list started with being a part of the 2006 Little League World Series Champion baseball team from Columbus, to winning three state championships in high school and finally being selected in the 30th round out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in 2012.
In the past two years, the University of Missouri Tiger has started over 100 games while averaging a .280 in 2015 with a staggering .455 average in bases loaded situations.
Good luck to these local boys in their future in the big leagues!