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Local players get set for MLB draft

POSTED: June 5, 2013 3:46 p.m.
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Lambert’s Brock Maxwell already has a scholarship to South Carolina but he’ll wait to see how high a MLB team takes him in this weekend’s draft.

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There won’t be a celebration this weekend at Brock Maxwell’s house.

No cake, no balloons. Nothing.

Instead, the Maxwell family will go about their usual weekend activities. And if they have time, will occasionally check to see if Brock has been drafted by a Major League Baseball team.

"We’re a laid-back type of people," said father and Lambert football coach Sid Maxwell. "We might follow it and see what happens."

The MLB draft begins Thursday and runs through Saturday for a total of 40 rounds.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Lambert outfielder boasts a baseball scholarship from the University of South Carolina, but whether he accepts an MLB offer all hangs on where he’s drafted.

"It just depends on where he’s going," Lambert baseball coach Jamie Corr said. "It’s a crapshoot. He’s a great young man [who] is prepared to make the leap, whether that’s at South Carolina or wherever he gets drafted. He’ll be successful in whatever avenue he chooses."

The elder Maxwell wants his son to reach the MLB level, but would prefer the South Carolina route.

"The young man’s worked hard to have opportunities," Maxwell said. "Coach Corr’s leadership got him where he’s at and he’s real excited about college. We’re not sure what’s down the road. He reports in three weeks [to South Carolina]. I’m not sure how the draft will turn out, but as an educator, I like college.

"No idea [where he might be drafted]. Baseball is one of those things where you can’t make predictions. Obviously, things alter and things change. We’ll look at all our choices, like playing at the next level, but again, we’re taking it one day at a time.

"He’s excited to go to South Carolina. You know, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Possibly joining Maxwell is University of South Alabama senior and North Forsyth graduate Dustin Dalken, University of Southern Mississippi junior and South Forsyth graduate Jake Drehoff, Southern Mississippi senior and South graduate Chase Fowler and University of Tampa junior and South graduate Zach Alvord.

 

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