Three former Columbia County stars drafted

Cumpton, Rowland, Whitaker taken in MLB draft

Former Greenbrier stars and Georgia Tech juniors Brandon Cumpton and Jeff Rowland were drafted today along with Augusta Christian product Josh Whitaker in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Cumpton, a right-handed pitcher, was drafted with the second pick of the ninth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. His high school and college teammate, Rowland, went in the 19th round to the Detroit Tigers.

Cumpton, the 267th overall pick and Rowland, selected 583rd overall, led the Wolfpack to consecutive Class AAAA baseball state championships at Greenbrier before remaining as teammates at Georgia Tech.

As a draft-eligible sophomore a year ago, Rowland was drafted by the Cleveland Indians but elected to return to the Yellow Jackets for his junior season.

Whitaker, a corner infielder out of Kennesaw State, was taken 755th overall in the 25th round by the Oakland Athletics.

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