By NEMS Daily Journal
Two names of local interest were called Tuesday, the first day of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.
Billy Hamilton, a Mississippi State football signee, was taken in the second round by Cincinnati with the 57th overall pick.
South Panola pitcher and infielder David Renfroe, an Ole Miss baseball signee, went to Boston near the end of the third round with the 107th overall pick.
Renfroe’s father played pro ball for nine years.
David Renfroe was also the quarterback on the football team, and scouts like his bat and versatility in the field.
Hamilton, who played at Taylorsville High School, was a shortstop and outfielder on the baseball team and is projected as a wide receiver with MSU football.
“I think I’m going baseball. I really don’t know yet, but I’m pretty sure I am,” Hamilton said late Tuesday.
If he attends Mississippi State, Hamilton is also expected to be part of the baseball team.
The top three rounds of the draft were conducted Tuesday evening. The draft continues today with rounds 31-50 beginning at 11 a.m.