MLB Draft: Two local Maggards go on Day 3



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Wed. June 8, 2011 | Bryan Burns

It didn't take long on Day 3 of the MLB first-year player draft for another player with North Suncoast ties to be selected.

Zach Maggard, a senior catcher at Florida Southern and former standout for Pasco High, was taken in the 34th round by the Detroit Tigers with pick No. 1037. The MLB draft concludes today with rounds 31-50.

Maggard, a 5-foot-11, 181-pound catcher, hit .291 for Florida Southern in 2011 with 30 runs scored, nine home runs and 26 RBIs. He is a 2007 graduate of Pasco. 

On Tuesday, Wiregrass Ranch's John Michael Gant was the North Suncoast pick, going to the New York Mets in the 21st round. Jonathan Cornelius, who starred at Land O'Lakes before playing collegiately at Florida Tech, was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 24th round on Day 2.

Also going on Day 3 is Hernando senior pitcher Brett Maggard, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the final pick of the 38th round (No. 1171 overall).

Maggard, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander, just finished his senior season with Hernando and led the Leopards to a district title, regional title and a spot in the Class 4A state semifinals. He went 8-2 and struck out 83 batters. He also pitched a 5-hitter in Hernando's regional final, five-inning victory over North Marion.

Maggard signed in January with St. Johns River Community College. 

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