A former Coconino High School ballplayer was picked up in the 2019 MLB Draft on Tuesday by the Chicago White Sox.
Becoming the fourth Arizona Wildcat to be selected in this year's draft, Avery Weems went in the sixth round, marking the second player with ties to Arizona to go to the White Sox as Wildcat signee Andrew Dalquist was taken by the MLB team in the third round.
Weems, a left-handed pitcher who started his collegiate career at Yavapai College as a Roughrider, lived in Flagstaff before leaving for the Valley for a few years to begin high school. He returned to the Coconino Panthers dugout for his senior year in 2015, and the team went 14-5 in the regular season before the southpaw threw a complete game to help earn an upset victory over Saguaro in the first round of the state tournament that year.
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He was named the Daily Sun's baseball athlete of the year for his senior varsity season and was named to the Division II, Section Five First Team.
Weems, who is not eligible to return to college, posted an ERA of 7.15 this season with Arizona to go with a 4-5 record.
He went 170th overall, a spot that comes with a bonus value of $296,400, according to MLB. The White Sox could also offer Weems less than his slot in order to have extra money for higher offers for other draftees. Last season the White Sox sent their sixth-round pick, pitcher Codi Heuer, to the Pioneer League's Great Falls Voyagers in Montana to start his professional career. The White Sox also have a Rookie League team in the Arizona, playing in Glendale.