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East Lake's Christian James, Travis MacGregor ready for draft day

East Lake starting pitcher Christian James delivers during a Class 8A region final baseball game against Steinbrenner at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
East Lake starting pitcher Christian James delivers during a Class 8A region final baseball game against Steinbrenner at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
Published Jun. 8, 2016

East Lake seniors Christian James and Travis MacGregor were two of the best right-handed pitchers in the area this season. Both are likely mid-round picks in this week's MLB amateur draft.

James was 9-2 with a save in 71 innings pitched. He had a 1.29 ERA and struck out 98. MacGregor was just as good. He pitched 54 innings, struck out 82 and had a 0.92 ERA.

Both pitchers drew plenty of attention from college and major league scouts this season. James is committed to St. Petersburg College. MacGregor is committed to Clemson.

After the high school season, both have had workouts with major league teams. James worked out for the Rangers, Rays and Mets. His workout with the Mets was in Puerto Rico.

"That was really fun," James said. "It was a complete change of environment. I thought I did pretty well, but I don't know. They said they would keep in touch."

MacGregor has worked out for the Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins, Yankees, Pirates, Astros and Mets.

"It's been crazy," he said. "This is a very new experience for me. But it's been exciting."

Armed with low-90s fastballs, James and MacGregor have plenty of potential.

"I really don't care what round it is — if I don't get the money I want then I'll go to junior college and try again the next year," James said.

MacGregor said he's fine with whatever happens.

"It's hard to lose in this one," he said.