Beymer

It's not often a school has multiple draft picks in a just a few years, but that's now the case with the Hopkinsville baseball program as they've had two draft picks in the last four years.

Former Tiger hurler Jonathan Beymer was drafted in the 29th round by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

"It stills feels like it hasn't even happened," he said. "Like it's not real, but it's something to get used to for sure."

Beymer just finished two seasons at Wabash Valley in Illinois where four of his teammates were also drafted, including Antoine Kelly, who was drafted 65th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers.

"It definitely shows we're a pretty good team overall," he said of his former teammates. "There's a huge amount of talent on that team. More than I could even explain. Great group of guys, all of us worked hard. Everybody put everything they had into it. It was really fun."

It was his teammates' skill that opened the door for Beymer to get drafted.

He said he wasn't always sure this day would come.

"I knew it was a small possibility," he said. "By the end of the year, it just became bigger and bigger. More scouts were coming, not solely because of me, there were other guys on my team. When they came to see them, they were also seeing me too when I came in to pitch. More scouts started coming and people got more interested.

"It just grew and grew and grew," he said. "I got more calls, more texts, more emails. It got crazy really quick."

Beymer said those first calls and texts gave him goosebumps, but he knew the opportunity he had in front of him was rare.

"I never really got nervous until (Tuesday)," he said. "I guess that's expected. The feeling was great. All the hard work, all the time, all the things I've kind of given up throughout my life have kind of paid off for me. It was very exciting, it made me very happy."

Beymer now joins Justin Hageman and more recently Easton McGee as Hoptown players to be drafted in recent years.

McGee was a fourth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2016 draft and is currently a member of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Rays' single-A affiliate.

Beymer was a member of the Tigers when McGee was going through the draft process and he said he wanted to emulate McGee, but he also wanted to pave his own path.

"You want to act like the person that's making it," he said. "I just learned from him. Finally got to college. First year went, second year went, slowly but surely matured more and more. I've learned a lot from him."

Beymer said he's got some decisions to make as he's signed to play at Campbell University.

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