Haney gets try­outs with Braves, Na­tion­als

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

Jack Haney might soon be wear­ing a new uni­form and get­ting back to work on the base­ball di­a­mond and start­ing off to­ward the ma­jor leagues, if things work out for him this week.

He’s hop­ing to get picked up by the At­lanta Braves or­ga­ni­za­tion – which would likely send him to the mi­nor leagues be­fore he gets a shot at the ma­jors – af­ter Haney trav­eled to two camps to take part in try­outs ahead of the Ma­jor League draft.

He got to spend time on the field with other prospects dur­ing a day with the Braves, and then again with the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als as part of his tour in ma­jor league try­outs. He was sup­posed to also get a look with oth­ers by the Min­nesota Twins, but that was can­celled.

“I feel like I did re­ally good with the way I han­dled my­self up there,” Haney said. “I thought I held my own.”

Haney, who missed grad­u­at­ing with his class to travel to try­outs, played for four years with the Cedar­town Bull­dogs base­ball club in var­i­ous roles, but

spent much of his time in the past two years be­hind the plate as catcher in his fa­vorite po­si­tion.

He also pitched, but he’s hop­ing that his time as catcher and his abil­ity at the plate in bat­ting will give him a chance with the Braves, so far a good prospect.

What he plans to do now is still up for de­bate. He also has a schol­ar­ship he’s ac­cepted from Chipola Col­lege in Florida, where other ma­jor league stars have de­vel­oped their tal­ents in pre­vi­ous years.

Haney said he didn’t know what he was go­ing to do yet, and much of it de­pended on what the Braves de­cide to of­fer.

The 19-year-old grad­u­ate wants the chance to con­tinue play­ing no mat­ter what level it is on.

He al­ready has racked up a lot of hon­ors dur­ing the past years as a Bull­dog on the lo­cal, state and na­tional level, in­clud­ing the most re­cent 2018 Rawl­ingsPer­fect Game hon­or­able men­tion All-Amer­i­can for the south­east re­gion.

Ma­jor League Base­ball’s draft be­gan af­ter press time on Mon­day, and con­cludes to­day.

Check back for more up­dates on Haney on­line at Polk­stan­dard­jour­nal.net.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.