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Halifax pitcher picked by Kansas City in MLB draft

Halifax County High School pitcher Dylan Sons described the scene at his home as a “madhouse.”

For much of Tuesday afternoon and early Tuesday evening, Sons, along with several family members and close friends, kept a close eye on their computer and television screen during the second day of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

The standout Comets pitcher was hoping he would be picked by one of the Major League Baseball teams. Early Tuesday evening, as the second day of the draft hit the 15th round, the last round of the day, Sons, sitting on the couch in the den, and those that were with him, watched anxiously as the day’s final round neared its end.

Suddenly, at about 7:15 p.m., Sons’ name flashed up on the board with a Kansas City Royals emblem beside it. A minute or so later, Sons received a telephone call from a team representative informing him he had been selected by the team.

“Everybody went crazy,” Sons remarked.

“I was glad to see my name come up. I kind of had an idea it would be today, but I wasn’t a hundred-percent sure. I think it was more of feeling of relief than anything.”

A representative of the Kansas City Royals arrived at Sons’ residence on Boyd’s Ferry Trail late Tuesday night. Shortly after midnight, Sons signed the contract, making him a member of the Kansas City Royals organization.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Sons will fly to Surprise, Ariz. Friday, at which time he will report to the AZL Royals, the Royals’ team that competes in the Arizona Rookie League.

“I’ve been working hard for this opportunity,” Sons said.

“I’m looking forward to getting there to see what kind of programs they will put me on pitching-wise and meeting all of the new players.”

The Kansas City Royals selected one player in Monday’s opening round of the draft. Fourteen more players were added in Tuesday’s second day of the draft, which included rounds 2-15. Wednesday is the last day of the draft, with rounds 16-30 on tap.

In Tuesday’s rounds, the Royals selected 14 players, eight out of high school and six from the college ranks including two junior college picks.

Sons, who was pick number 463 overall, is one of eight pitchers the Royals tagged through the first two rounds of the draft. He is among five left-handed pitchers the organization chose.

The team representative that signed Sons, speaking on the condition that his identity not be revealed, said Sons had been on the Royals’ radar “probably two to three weeks now.”

“We saw a projectable left-hand pitcher. You can never have enough left-hand pitchers.”

The team representative said Sons has good velocity with his fastball and has a good breaking ball.

“He’s physically what you’re looking for in a pitcher,” he said of the 6-3, 180-pound pitcher.”