Luis Campusano had made his mark among the highest draft picks ever from the Augusta area.
The Cross Creek star was selected 39th overall by the San Diego Padres during Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft on Monday night. He was the first catcher to have his name called.
“I’m relieved,” Campusano said. “I’m just glad I got picked where I got picked. I made myself happy. Nothing could get better than this.”
Campusano’s pick value in the second round is worth more than $1.7 million.
The Cross Creek standout and two-time Augusta Chronicle All-Area Georgia Baseball Player of the Year hit .622 with 13 doubles and six home runs, totaling 25 walks to seven strikeouts as a senior this season. He signed a scholarship offer with South Carolina.
He has previous experience at San Diego’s Petco Park after playing in last year’s Perfect Game All-American Classic, and the goal is to return to the ballpark as a Major League player.
“I got a little bit of a taste on that field,” he said. “Before all this, I had a pretty good relationship with the area scout. He brought along his crew to check me out in person. They fell in love with me. It went from there. They thought I was their guy.”
Campusano joins Augusta’s draft elite alongside the likes of Tyler Colvin, Roberto Hernandez and Jon Egan. His selection at 39th overall tops Egan’s 57th overall in 2005 by the Boston Red Sox when he was also drafted as a catcher out of Cross Creek.
Colvin, a North Augusta product, was picked out of Clemson at 13th overall and Hernandez at 16th overall out of USC Aiken.
Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216