Two Chargers selected in '18 MLB draft
Coach Dash O’Neill may have some roster spots to fill in coming days following this week’s 2018 MLB draft.
The Chargers' baseball program had one established player and one signee drafted by MLB organizations.
Both players will be deciding in coming days whether they will continue with the Cartersville-based junior college or will sign with their respective professional organizations.
Noah Bryant — a right-hand relief pitcher for the Chargers out of Bainbridge High School — was selected in the 17th round by the Kansas City Royals while L.J. Fisher, a signee out of North Gwinnett High School, was drafted in the 37th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bryant spent just one semester of his freshman year at Georgia Highlands. He transferred to the Chargers from the University of North Georgia, a four-year NCAA D-II program in Dahlonega.
Bryant, who starred as a catcher in high school, has made the transition to pitcher while at GHC at is still new to the position. He appeared in a dozen games (1-2, 2 saves, one start) and had 22 strikeouts in 18.1 innings with a 5.40 ERA. The pro attraction is his fastball, clocked at 97 miles per hour with the ability to sit at the 93-94 mph level.
Fisher is a speedy outfielder that hit .344 in his senior season at North Gwinnett with three home runs and 34 RBI.