Gainesville High graduate Skyler Weber was picked in the 18th round (532 overall) by the Oakland Athletics during Saturday’s third day of the MLB draft. As a junior, Weber hit .314 for four home runs and 33 RBIs as an outfielder and catcher for the University of Georgia. He finished the season with a .991 fielding percentage for the Bulldogs.
Exclusively a catcher in high school for Gainesville, Weber started all 57 games this season this season for Georgia. Weber also had a team high for the Bulldogs this season in hits (77) and doubles (13).
Weber split time behind the plate for the Bulldogs this season with fellow Gainesville High graduate Michael Curry, who earned Freshman All-American honors this week.
Weber tied a career high with a 4-for-6 night at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI in an 11-8 win against No. 10 Mississippi State this year. He improved from a .245 season hitting as a sophomore in 2015.
Later on Saturday, 2012 North Hall High graduate Jared Oliver, who played at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, was picked in the 26th round (778) by the Boston Red Sox. Buford High graduate Justin Glover was also taken in the 26th round (780 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s signed to play at the University of Georgia next year.
On Thursday, Brandon Marsh, who graduated in 2016 from Buford High, was taken in the second round (No. 60 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels.