Levi Hyams Selected By Atlanta Braves In The 19th Round
June 6, 2012
ATHENS, GA.-----University of Georgia senior second baseman Levi Hyams has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday.
Hyams, a 6-2, 200-pound native of Oceanside, California, was the 599th overall pick in the draft. He ranks fifth in school history with 224 games played including 211 starts. He batted .295 with 16 home runs and 101 RBI in his career. A defensive standout, Hyams set a school record for highest fielding percentage by a shortstop in 2009 at .962 and then for a second baseman (.983) in 2011. He helped Georgia establish a school record for fielding percentage the past two seasons including .978 in 2012. His finest year at the plate came as a junior in 2011 when he hit a team-best .332-5-38 in leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA Corvallis (Ore.) Regional Final, and he made the All-Tournament team. This past year, Hyams batted .250-2-26 and ended the season on an eight-game hitting streak as the team went 31-26.
“I feel very fortunate to be drafted, and I was very excited when I got the news,” said Hyams. “The past four years have been the greatest of my life and I have no regrets. I know my stats were not as good this season, but when I came back for my senior year, it was because I wanted another year with the boys and Coach Perno and to be at UGA. I felt like all those were positives, and I really appreciate everything Georgia and the program did for me, and the friendships I’ve made.
“I know a lot of juniors who got drafted and wish they had their senior year because you can never get that back. I came back, and I was a little stressed out about the draft, but when I got the call, I was thrilled. Actually, I was just sitting at home watching a movie, and my parents were the ones following the draft. When they heard my name, they ran downstairs to tell me. I’ve talked with the Braves, and we’re going to finalize everything soon, and I’ll head to mini-camp and see where I go play. I’ve talked to Alex (Wood, a 2nd round pick of the Braves and fellow Bulldog), and we’re looking forward to going to camp together and maybe playing on the same team again. We’re both ready to get started.”
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Hyams is the second Bulldog drafted this year along with three members of the incoming signing class. The 40-round MLB draft concludes Wednesday.