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2 Kennesaw State players need to prep for cold winters after MLB draft

AJ Moore and Grant Williams will need gloves of the non-baseball variety after this week.

The Kennesaw State University baseball players were both selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

The Cincinnati Reds organization picked Moore, a pitcher, at the 289th spot, and the Boston Red Sox got Williams, a second baseman, at pick No. 310.

Moore, a graduate of Mountain View High in Lawrenceville, posted a 6.12 ERA last season in 72 innings and 14 starts. He stuck out 58 batters.


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“It’s all really starting to sink in that I get to pursue a lifelong dream of mine and play professional baseball. Let’s get after it!,” Moore tweeted Wednesday night.

Williams, a St. Pius X Catholic alumnus, was a 2017 ASUN First Team All-Conference player with a .305 batting average  and 29 RBIs last season. He had three errors all season at second base.

“Words can’t describe the feeling of hearing my name called in the 2018 MLB draft. Thank you to my family, friends, coaches, and anyone who has helped me get here today,” Williams tweeted that night.

According to KSU, the school had had 64 players drafted by Major League Baseball teams before Wednesday.

The highest draft pick of any KSU baseball player is Winder's Max Pentecost at the 11th spot by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.


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