Braves select local pitcher in draft's first round

Braves select local pitcher in draft's first round

Published Jun. 5, 2012 7:01 a.m. ET

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.