Former Northgate pitcher Kendrick drafted by Yankees


Conner Kendrick, a former standout at Northgate, compiled a 5-3 record and a 2.13 ERA in his first season at Auburn. He expects to be the first Tigers player selected in this weekend’s MLB Draft. 

The growing pipeline from Coweta County to professional baseball continued Friday during the second day of  the Major League Baseball Draft.

Former Northgate High and Auburn Tiger pitcher Conner Kendrick was selected by the New York Yankees in the ninth round with the 283rd overall pick.

Kendrick, a left-handed pitcher, completed his first year at Auburn after transferring from Northwest Florida State College.

In 19 games, including nine starts, Kendrick went 5-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 80 1/3 innings. He also led the Tigers with 75 strikeouts.

Before arriving at Auburn, Kendrick spent one season at Northwest Florida State, posting a 4.46 ERA.

He signed with Georgia Tech out of high school and spent his freshman season with the Yellow Jackets program.

Kendrick is the third Northgate graduate to be drafted in the MLB draft since 2008.

Pitcher Will Smith was selected by the Anaheim Angels in the seventh round of the 2008 draft., and Conner’s older brother Catlan by Texas in the 2009 draft in the 49th round.

Smith was later traded to the Kansas City Royals and made his major league debut last season.

Catlan elected to go to college and just completed his senior year at Kennesaw State.

Before heading to college, Conner built an impressive while playing  for head coach Greg Hamilton, posting a 15-1 record and a .450 ERA.

During his junior year, he was part of the Vikings’ Class AAAA state title team in 2009.

Kendrick is the eighth Auburn player drafted by the Yankees since 1966.

East Coweta (Cam Bedrosian and Bryan Blough), and Newnan (Jesse Wierzbicki and Marc Frazier) have each had two players drafted in the last six years.

Former Heritage School pitcher Jack Duffey was selected in 2010.

Outfielder Kyle Wren, who played at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn before going to Georgia Tech, was selected by the Atlanta Braves with the 253rd pick in the eighth round.

The redshirt junior hit .360 for Georgia Tech this year.

Wren is the son of Atlanta general manager Frank Wren.

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