Forsyth County has had a number of top pro baseball prospects get drafted in the last few years. Last season, Forsyth Central pitcher Ethan Hankins and Lambert alum Seth Beer were both selected in the first round by the Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros, respectively. With the 2019 MLB Draft starting on Monday, here’s a look at a few Forsyth County products that could hear their names called over the draft’s three days.
Landon Sims, P, South Forsyth
The War Eagles’ hard-throwing ace is the county high school product with the best chance of being selected next week. During his senior season at South, Sims’ mid-90s fastball was still present, as he compiled a 2.14 ERA and 66 strikeouts over 44 1/3 innings.
Sims has seen a drop in the rankings since the start of the spring, though. His senior numbers are a decrease from the dominance of his junior season (0.90 ERA, 80 Ks over 62 IP), and signability might also be a hurdle teams are concerned about: Sims is already set to play college ball at Mississippi State. Still, he’s currently Baseball America’s No. 198 draft prospect for a reason, so there will certainly be an organization willing to take him at some point.
Kyle McCann, C, Georgia Tech
McCann, a Lambert alum, became the Yellow Jackets’ full-time catcher this year after mostly being used as a DH and at first base last season. That was through no fault of his own: At the time, Tech already had a talented and experienced catcher in Joey Bart, last year’s No. 2 overall pick.
McCann showed some potential as a power bat last season, but over his junior season, he’s only gotten better. As of May 31, he owns a .298 average with a team-leading 23 home runs and 66 RBIs. He’s also earned a reputation for being patient: he leads his team with 59 walks. McCann is Baseball America’s No. 135 prospect headed into Monday, and while he almost certainly won’t be as high a pick as Bart was, he’s bound to get selected somewhere.
Chris Cullen, C/1B, South Carolina
Cullen, a West Forsyth product, was seen as a potential pick last year by some, with Baseball America ranking him as the No. 7 SEC prospect for the 2018 Draft. Cullen was previously drafted in the 38th round by the Oakland Athletics out of high school, but last year, all the rounds came and went without his name being called.
He’s been a versatile player in the field for the Gamecocks, but he’s constantly struggled with injuries throughout his four years with them. A back injury hampered his senior year at the plate, where he hit .206 with five home runs and 23 RBIs. His career at USC is over, but he’s hoping that a team will spend a late-round pick on him to keep his baseball career going.
Parker Morrison, P, North Georgia
The former Forsyth Central pitcher could have a slim chance to be a late round pick. He compiled a 5-3 record, a 3.35 ERA and seven saves over 49 innings pitched during his second season playing for the Nighthawks.
Brody Westbrooks, P, North Forsyth
Westbrooks is set to play at Georgia Tech starting next spring after striking out 61 in 51 innings with a 2.88 ERA this past season, but some think the Raiders senior might have a slight chance to be the target of a late flyer pick.