Nicely Drafted In 10th Round

By: Daren Stoltzfus Email
By: Daren Stoltzfus Email

Spotswood senior Austin Nicely has a decision to make.

With the 287th overall pick, Nicely, on the day of his high school graduation, was selected by the Houston Astros in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB draft.

He was the first high school player from Virginia to be selected in this year's draft.

If Nicely signs with the Astros, he immediately becomes a professional and is ineligible to play NCAA baseball or in any other amateur league.

According to Baseball America, the MLB assigned pick value for that draft position is $139,400.

Nicely, a 6-foot-1, 170 pound left-hander has signed to play at Virginia for Brian O'Connor. He is expected to pitch and also play either in the outfield or at first base to utilize his switch-hitting skills at the plate.

If he chooses not to sign with the Astros and does play at UVA, he will also be draft eligible after completing his junior or senior year or when he is 21 years old.

The Region III first team selection was a perfect 5-0 in the regular season on the mound, with a miniscule 1.73 ERA for the Blazers.

Spotswood swept the Valley District regular season and tournament titles, winning their second regular season championship in a row.

According to MLB.com, "A Club generally retains the rights to sign a selected player until 11:59 PM (EDT) August 15, or until the player enters, or returns to, a four-year college on a full-time basis. "


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