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Braves select local pitcher in draft's first round

The Atlanta Braves tabbed Lucas Sims with its first-round selection of Monday's MLB Draft.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves looked to a local player for their first pick when they picked right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims from Brookwood High School near Atlanta in the first round of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.

Sims, who watched the draft with his family in Gwinnett County, says he has been a Braves fan all his life and being drafted by his favorite team is a dream come true.

Sims signed to attend Clemson but said Monday night he expects to sign with the Braves "hopefully relatively soon." The Braves made Sims the 21st overall pick.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Sims was 8-1 with a 1.19 ERA while leading Brookwood to the Georgia state championship game. He played shortstop when he wasn't pitching.