Gor­don Lee grad se­lected by Cleve­land

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

2015 Gor­don Lee High School grad­u­ate Conard Broom just com­pleted his third sea­son at Mercer Univer­sity in Macon by be­ing named a third team All-Amer­i­can by Base­ball Amer­ica.

Last Tues­day, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound, right-handed, ju­nior pitcher was taken in the 10th round (No. 313 over­all) by the Cleve­land In­di­ans in the Ma­jor League Base­ball Am­a­teur Draft.

He said that get­ting the call was “sur­real”.

“I was ex­pect­ing to go some­where from the fifth to the 10th round, so from 1 p.m. on (Tues­day) I was just sit­ting back and try­ing to be pa­tient. But I couldn’t go to a bet­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion in terms of a team that knows how to de­velop good pitch­ing more than Cleve­land.”

Broom said he ex­pects to ei­ther be as­signed to the Ma­hon­ing Val­ley Scrap­pers (Niles, Ohio) of the New YorkPenn League or the Lake County Cap­tains (East­lake, Ohio) of the Mid­west League. Ma­hon­ing Val­ley is a short-sea­son Class A level club, while Lake County is the Class A af­fil­i­ate of the In­di­ans.

“I’ve al­ways dreamed about get­ting drafted and play­ing pro­fes­sional base­ball,” he ex­plained. “I think I started to re­al­ize I had a shot at it last sum­mer when I did re­ally well in the Cape Cod League

(a sum­mer league for col­lege play­ers) against the best of the best up there. Then I had a very good ju­nior sea­son (at Mercer). I think grow­ing up and play­ing all that select ball re­ally pre­pared me.”

A mid­dle re­liever, Broom was 10-4 for the Bears this past sea­son with two saves and a 1.70 ERA. He al­lowed just 14 earned runs in 74 in­nings of work and fin­ished with 111 strike­outs against just 24 walks.

For his ca­reer, Broom has a 22-9 over­all record with seven saves and a 2.40 ERA in 198.2

in­nings on the mound. He has struck out 268 bat­ters and walked just 72.

Now he says his next goal to make his home­town area proud.

“Ev­ery­one I’ve come in con­tact with has sent me words of en­cour­age­ment and prayers and those get me mo­ti­vated to go out there and do my best.”

Conard Broom

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