Handful of local athletes drafted by MLB teams
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CAPITAL REGION -- It's what almost every kid in little league dreams about. That someday, you'll hear your name called in the Major League Baseball draft.
The Houston Astros are making that dream a reality for a couple local players.
Former Spa Catholic standout Christian Garcia was taken in the 29th round by the Houston Astros, which means there is a chance we could see him pitching for the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Garcia hopes to follow in the footsteps of Spa Catholic grad and current San Diego Padre Tim Stauffer whose career has been good thus far in the big leagues. Garcia said he'll be assigned by the parent club in the coming week.
He's not the only local to hear his name called. Out of high school, La Salle senior Zach Remillard was taken in the 38th round by the Houston Astros as well.
The third baseman received a scholarship to Coastal Carolina to play there alongside his brother Will.
The third time is a charm for Burnt Hills grad Dave Fischer. Fischer was drafted back in 2008 by the Angels in the 44th round, but opted to go to college at the University of Connecticut. He was then drafted again in 2011 by the Giants in the 30th round.
This year, he's been drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 18th round, 564th overall. Fischer just completed his senior season at UCONN.
UAlbany also got a little love in the draft. Senior pitcher Sean Lucas was selected by Cincinnati Reds in the 25th round, 775th overall.
Lucas is the eighth Great Dane to be drafted and the highest since 2002.