COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A trio of local stars were recognized by the big leagues over the weekend in the 2016 MLB Draft.
On the final day: Josh Anthony, Hunter Swilling, and Ryan Watson were drafted by three major league clubs.
Former Hardaway Hawk Josh Anthony was drafted by the Braves Saturday afternoon in the 16th round of the MLB Draft.
Anthony said he got the call while he was over at Edgewood Park working out in preparation for this very moment.
He has spent the last year playing JUCO ball at Western Oklahoma State and could still head to Auburn next year and play for Butch Thompson.
Former Columbus High Blue Devil Hunter Swilling, now at Samford University, was snagged by the Detroit Tigers in the 29th round. He can either sign with Detroit or he could go back to Samford for another year.
Auburn High School pitcher Ryan Watson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 39th round on Saturday. Watson has committed to Auburn University, and is in the same boat as Anthony and Swilling in that he will weigh his options and decide at a later time whether or not to go pro.