Jake Greenwalt made school history on Saturday, becoming the first Windsor High School player selected in the MLB draft.
The right-handed pitcher, who graduated in May, was picked in the 23rd round of the draft by the San Francisco Giants.
“It’s a big relief. I’m just super excited. I can’t really explain it,” said Greenwalt, who was sitting in his room when his mom came running in telling him he had been picked.
Greenwalt, who was taken with the 695th pick overall, had a 0.89 ERA in 55 ⅓ innings pitched in helping the Wizards make the Class 4A Final Four this spring as a senior.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder struck out 79 batters, walking 19. He attended Fossil Ridge his first two years of high school before transferring to Windsor.
Greenwalt is committed to play in college at Colorado Mesa. He has until July 15 to sign a pro contract or opt to go to college. He said he’ll talk with Colorado Mesa, the Giants and his family to make the decision.
“If I do and pursue my professional career, it would be really cool to go represent not just Windsor High School but my town,” Greenwalt said.
Shortly after Greenwalt’s selection, Fort Collins graduate J.D. Hammer was picked in the 24th round with the 710th overall pick by the Colorado Rockies.
Hammer is a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher who just finished his senior season at Marshall University.
He appeared 14 games, starting 11 of them this season at Marshall. He had a 4-2 record and 4.88 ERA, striking out 56 batters in 66 ⅓ innings pitched.
Hammer attended Fossil Ridge his first two years of high school before finishing at Fort Collins. His brother Garrett graduated from Rocky Mountain and plays baseball at Kellogg Community College. Another brother, Kalen, will be a senior and his sister, Brenli, will be a sophomore at Rocky Mountain next year.
Greenwalt and Hammer are the second and third locals drafted so far in 2016. Fossil Ridge graduate Julian Garcia was taken in the 10th round Friday out of Metro State by the Philadelphia Phillies.
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