Marietta High graduate Chevez Clarke said he keeps in touch with the two fellow Georgians who were first-rounders drafted by the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month.
Clarke was taken No. 30 overall, preceded by Cook third baseman Kaleb Cowart (No. 18) and East Coweta pitcher Cam Bedrosian (No. 29).
“I talk to Kaleb and Cam all the time,” Clarke said. “It’s only a matter of time before we get out there and start playing.”
None of the three has yet to reach contract terms. The Angels have a Aug. 16 deadline to sign high schools picks or lose them to college. Clarke signed a baseball scholarship with Georgia Tech. Jackets coach Danny Hall said he recommends to any players drafted in the first round to sign, unless there are “unusual circumstances.”
“I’m hoping for good things with the Angels,” Clarke said. “If it doesn’t pan out, it would be a great honor to be on Georgia Tech’s campus, let alone play baseball. Coach Hall has been very supportive during this whole process.”
The speedy outfielder decided to skip summer league while negotiations proceed with the Angels. Clarke is continues with daily workout sessions on his own to remain in playing shape.
Clarke appears to be the most likely out of the Georgia trio to sign first with the Angels. Cowart has asked for a reported $3 million bonus to bypass his Florida State scholarship, while Bedrosian (LSU) may have a little more leverage than normal because his father made a fortune playing in the major leagues.
Regardless of the outcome, Clarke still feels like he was part of history. “I’ve never seen anything like that in [the baseball draft] … three Georgia players go in the first round to the same team. You would think that the Angels would go for South California players or West Coast players. For them to come on the East Coast and get such a group of good players, it says something for the organization … and the state of Georgia.”
Note: I would be completely shocked if Clarke did not sign, somewhat surprised if “Bedrock Jr.” did not sign, and not surprised at all if Cowart enrolled at Florida State.