Kendrick latest of Northgate’s ‘No. 13’ draftees

alt

Northgate senior Catlin Kendrick, who signed with Kennesaw State, was drafted by the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

By STUART CROSBY stuart@newnan.com For the second straight season, a member of Northgate’s number 13 club has been selected in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft as pitcher Catlan Kendrick was selected Thursday in the 48th round by the Texas Rangers. Kendrick, who was 11-2 with an earned run average of 1.85 during the season for the AAAA state champion Northgate Vikings and signed with Kennesaw State University, joins Will Smith and Josh Copeland as Northgate players wearing number 13 who were selected in the draft.
Smith and Copeland were both selections of the Los Angels of Anaheim last year with Smith now pitching in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Angels’ affiliate in the Midwest League while Copeland was an assistant this season at Alabama. Kendrick is also the fourth Viking to be drafted in the 12 years of the program’s existence as Dominique Partridge was selected by the Atlanta Braves in 2001. While a number of Cowetans have been drafted over the years, Kendrick is the ninth selection from the county since 2001 joining Newnan’s Chris Colton (Seattle 2002) and four East Coweta grads in Brad Emaus who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007 and by the Braves in 2004, Kieron Pope by the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 while the Braves made Brett Butts and Rico Reid among their choices in 2007. A number of area players were also selected over the course of the three day draft including outfielder Braxton Lane of Region 5-AAAA’s Sandy Creek Patriots who was chosen by the Texas Rangers. The seventh round pick in the draft, Lane participated in the 2008 AFLAC All-American game and has signed a football scholarship from the University of Oregon. Lane’s Patriot teammate infielder Arthur Owens was selected in the draft as the Kansas City Royals selcted him in the 38th round. Another rival of the Vikings that also saw a player have his name called as Whitewater’s Miles Head was picked in the 26th round by the Boston Red Sox. Due to injuries suffered by the Wildcats, Head caught, played third base and even pitched including a quality start in a 4-1 loss to Kendrick and the Vikings on March 29.


More Sports

High School Soccer

Northgate opens annual Coweta Cup with sweep over Newnan

Northgate is off to a fast start in this year’s Coweta Cup soccer tournament, after its boys and girls teams swept Newnan on Monday at ... Read More


High School Baseball

Vikings cap off region sweep of Mundy’s Mill

Northgate’s baseball team erased a bit of a slow start with a five-run second inning and held Mundy’s Mill to just two hits en r ... Read More


Spring Sports Roundup

Cougars win Carrollton Invitational

Newnan’s golf team held on to its opening round lead during the final day of the Carrollton Invitational en route to a 21-stroke victo ... Read More


High School Baseball

Newnan sweeps Lowndes

For the Newnan Cougars, stepping out of region play must agree with them. After beating Lowndes High School in extra innings in the first ga ... Read More


Golf Digest

Local players among leaders at GSGA Four-Ball

Pairings comprised of local golfers remained in conten- tion during the second round of the Georgia State Golf Association’s annual Fo ... Read More

High School Baseball

Cougars survive in nine against Lowndes

Newnan head baseball coach Marc Gilmore knows except for the Cougars’ annual Region 3-AAAAAA clash with rival East Coweta, his squad d ... Read More