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      Bostick in line for high draft slot in upcoming MLB Draft

      Akeem Bostick has plenty of options when it comes to the next step in his athletic career. The West Florence pitcher draws a large number of Major League scouts every time he takes the hill for the Knights. With the MLB Amateur Draft coming up this June, Bostick has all the bases covered when it comes to options. Bostick is expected to be a high selection in the draft - his high school coach Bob Kleinknecht expects the 6'6 right hander to go somewhere around the third round. A 2013 WPDE All-Zone football selection at wide receiver, Bostick committed to Georgia Southern to play football and baseball for the Eagles, and he also is committed to play junior college baseball at Spartanburg Methodist. If Akeem goes to Georgia Southern, he'll have to wait three years before he can be drafted again. If he goes the JUCO route, he can enter next year's draft. All of this helps his leverage when it comes to being signed this June. All arrows point towards Bostick going to minor league baseball this summer.

      He has stellar numbers in his senior season: a 9-0 record with a 0.56 ERA and 82 strikeouts in just 50 innings of work. He has a fastball that can reach the mid 90's and Kleinknect says he has three big time pitches which is why he is on the radar of so many MLB teams. Bostick struck out 11 in the Knights playoff opening win against North Augusta to get to 9-0 on the season. Hartsville's Jordan Lyles is the highest selection among local high school players when he was #38 overall by the Houston Astros in the 2008 MLB Draft.