West Forsyth catcher Chris Cullen was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 1,148th overall pick in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, likely becoming the first Wolverines players ever picked in the draft.
Cullen hit .301 this past season with two home runs and 15 RBIs to help the Wolverines win a share of the Region 6-AAAAAA championship and make a second consecutive state playoff appearance.
Cullen was the second Forsyth County player picked in the draft, and both were chosen by the Oakland Athletics, who selected North Forsyth pitcher Dakota Chalmers in the third round on Tuesday.
While Chalmers is expected to command a signing bonus tempting enough to sway him away from his commitment to play at the University of Georgia next season, Cullen told the Forsyth County News last week he had strong intentions on beginning his college career at South Carolina. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound recruit is one of the Gamecocks’ top prospects in its 2015 recruiting class.
“I pretty much have my focus on going to college first,” Cullen told the FCN. “I believe going for three years will allow me to mature mentally and physically and put me in a better position to succeed and have fun when the time comes. I also value my education so if baseball ends up not working out I’ll be able to get right back up on my feet.”