North Forsyth starting pitcher Dakota Chalmers became the second-highest draftee in Forsyth County history Tuesday when the Oakland Athletics phoned in his name as the 97th overall pick (Round 3) in the Major League Baseball draft.
Chalmers was picked 15 slots later than former Forsyth Central and Gainesville pitcher Micah Owings, who was selected 83rd overall in the 2005 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Chalmers, who played at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville before transferring to North Forsyth for his senior season, went 4-4 in 12 appearances with the Raiders in 2015 and had a stellar 1.50 ERA along with 82 strikeouts, which led the county.
Chalmers’ initial projections fell anywhere between the 30th and 63rd overall pick, according to his father, but the uncertainty of the draft prompted him and his family to hold off on a draft party. After anxiously waiting through the night after the first 75 picks, Chalmers finally heard his named called at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Chalmers will now have the option to either sign with the Athletics or continue his amateur career with the University of Georgia.
Oakland will offer Chalmers his preferred choice of West Coast lifestyle, but he’ll inevitably have to camp in some obscure spots first.
Oakland’s minor league affiliates include the Nashville Sounds (Tennessee), Midland Rockhounds (Texas), Stockton Ports (California) and Beloit Snappers (Wisconsin).
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