Boys Varsity Baseball
Columbus North graduate Devin Mann was selected in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball entry draft on Tuesday (June 5) by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mann, 21, a 6-3, 200-pound infielder who has played three seasons at the University of Louisville, was chosen with the 164th overall selection of the three-day, 40-round draft.
During his recently completed season at Louisville, Mann hit .303 with 17 doubles, four triple, seven home runs, 53 RBIs, 65 runs, 59 walks and 15 stolen bases for a Cardinals’ squad the posted a 45-19 record and qualified for the NCAA Regional at Lubbock, Texas.
Mann was a third-team all-ACC selection.
“He’s a disciplined hitter who works deep counts, controls the strike zone well and spoils pitcher’s pitches until he gets something he likes,” Baseball America wrote of Mann in its scouting report. “In 2018, he’s walked more than struck out and has at least solid-average hitting ability with a quick, level swing that currently produces more doubles than over-the-fence pop.”
The 2015 CNHS graduate, who could be moved to the outfield, was the first position player chosen by the Dodgers in this year’s draft.
Mann joins Columbus North alumni Jon Clearance and Daniel Ayers as MLB draftees. Clearance, a 2007 graduate, was selected in the 31st round of the 2007 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Ayers, a 2013 graduate, was chosen in the 25th round of the 2013 draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
Columbus High, the precursor to Columbus North, has had at least two other players compete in professional baseball. W.P. “Dutch” Fehring, a 1930 graduate, played briefly in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1934. Keith Hacker, a 1959 graduate, played one season in the Minnesota Twins organization at Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Four players from the Indiana high school class of 2018 were chosen in the 2018 draft. They included:
>> Outfielder Nick Schnell of Roncalli, round 1, 32nd pick, Tampa Bay Rays.
>> Pitcher Bradley Brehmer of Decatur Central, round 23, 685th pick, Baltimore Orioles.
>> Infielder Jared Poland of Cathedral, round 35, 1,042nd pick, Atlanta Braves.
>> Infielder Timmy Borden of Providence, round 37, 1,123rd pick, Cleveland Indians.