Spanish Springs High alum Jace Avina was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder who recently competed in the first MLB draft combine was the No. 417 overall pick. Avina is committed to play for Nevada but now could sign a pro deal with the Brewers and forgo college. Avina told Nevada Sports Net last month he was leaning toward turning pro if he got a good offer. If Avina doesn't sign with the Brewers, he would not be draft eligible again until 2024.
"It's exactly where I want to be," Avina said. "I do want to be a draft pick and play onto the major-league level. And if it doesn't happen, I'll be upset. But I know I do have a backup plan to play college baseball and eventually in three years be a pick after my junior year of college."
It's been a quick ascension for Avina, who committed to play for Nevada as a walk-on last July. But his stock has exploded since then. Avina was the Northern 5A's offensive player of the year following a phenomenal senior season for Spanish Springs.
Avina has until Aug. 1 to sign a pro contract or opt for college. Players drafted after the 10th round can get up to $125,000 signing bonuses before cutting into the drafting team's slotted salary pool. Avina is the second local player to be selected in this year's draft, joining Nevada pitcher Owen Sharts, a 13th-round pick by the Pirates.