Nelson Ward was selected by Seattle in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
June 7, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.---University of Georgia junior Nelson Ward was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday.
Ward, a 5-11, 173-pound native of Marietta, Georgia, was the 351st overall selection and drafted as a shortstop. This past season, he played in all 56 games and helped the Bulldogs advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament. He led the team in RBIs (34), walks (33), and multiple hit games (18). Ward was named one of the two Bulldog captains and finished the season with a .306 batting average, 64 hits, and 10 stolen bases.
In his Bulldog career, Ward has played in 149 games with 123 starts and posted a .301 batting average, 21 doubles, 7 triples and 66 RBIs. A second baseman his first two seasons, he played primarily shortstop in 2014. Ward is a graduate of Lassiter High School where he was named the team’s MVP in 2011 and was a four-year letterman.
Two Georgia signees were selected in the second round of the 2014 MLB draft late Thursday. Right-handed pitcher Spencer Adams (Cleveland, Ga., White County HS) went 44th overall to the Chicago White Sox while outfielder Michael Gettys (Gainesvillle, Ga., Gainesville HS) went 51st overall to the San Diego Padres. The assigned slot values (signing bonuses) for players in this range this year is $1.1 to $1.3 million. Major League Baseball informs clubs of their bonus pools and the slot values for the first 10 rounds annually, an element of the draft that has been in place since 2012. Teams are allowed to spend beyond their allotment but incur penalties such as taxes and forfeiture of future picks.
The MLB draft on Friday featured rounds three through 10. On Saturday, the draft concludes with rounds 11-40 starting at 1 p.m. All selections will be streamed live on MLB.com. The signing deadline for underclassmen and high school seniors selected is July 18.