Blythewood native and Coastal Carolina pitcher Andrew Beckwith was selected by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Beckwith was one of six CCU players taken in the draft.
“Glory be to God. I’m getting the opportunity I always wanted and I’m going to make the most of it,” Beckwith told the The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News. “I’m very excited. I’ve waited my whole life for this. I didn’t think it would ever come true but I’m getting my opportunity.”
The submarine thrower was 8-2 in his senior season, including a league-best 8-0 record in Sun Belt action with a 2.73 ERA in conference games to rank sixth.
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Beckwith was named the MVP of the College World Series last season during the Chanticleers run to the national championship. He also was Big South Pitcher of the Year and won the Gregg Olson Award, which honors college baseball's breakout player of the year.
Beckwith finished his career with 31-9 record and nine saves in 101 games.
At Blythewood, Beckwith was a two-time all-state selection and won 18 games. He holds a school record in saves with nine.