Braves select local pitcher in draft’s first round

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.