For the second straight year, a local baseball player has been selected in the first-year Major League Baseball player draft.
Alex Tomasovich, a Tega Cay native and 2010 Fort Mill High graduate, was selected in the 20th round, pick 589 overall, by the Chicago Cubs. He had been talking with the Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres. Tomasovich had been projected to go around the 20th round.
“I figured right around where I expected to go,” he said.
Tomasovich, who graduated from Charleston Southern University last December with a degree in business management, will report to the Cubs’ minor league team in Arizona shortly. He finished his career at Charleston Southern by playing in 208 games and hitting .331 with nine home runs and 100 RBIs. The infielder hit .361 with five home runs and 44 RBIs his senior season in 56 games.
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“I’m excited,” he said. “I am glad to get this opportunity.”
Tomasovich becomes the 11th draft pick to have graduated from Fort Mill High.
He joins fellow Fort Mill High grads Hamilton Bennett (2007) and Kevin Woods (2013) in the minor leagues. The most recent selection before Tomasovich, Woods was picked by the Miami Marlins last season in the fourth round and Bennett was picked by the New York Mets in 2010 out of Tennessee Wesleyan College.
“I’m honored to be in the same group,” Tomasovich said. “I played with Hamilton some in high school.”
Tomasovich said he will start in Rookie League for the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., before spending some time in Boise, Idaho, with the teams Class A short-season affiliate later this summer.
Tomasovich’s younger brother, Andrew, who once threw a no-hitter for Fort Mill, is a rising junior pitcher for Charleston Southern University.