The Minnesota Twins took the Charlotte native with the 363rd overall pick.
Featherstone, a 2014 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, started out at North Carolina State. He then transferred to Tallahassee Community College in Florida, and next fall he’s committed to join Grizzlies teammates Jackson Mims and Alex Reynolds at UNC-Charlotte.
However, on Saturday Featherstone got some welcome news that could take his baseball career in yet another direction. The Minnesota Twins selected the left-handed hitter in the 12th round of the MLB Draft, taking Featherstone with the 383rd overall pick.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound lefty has played mostly in the left field for the Grizzlies this season, but he also listed as a first baseman on the team’s roster, and he pitched a few innings for Tallahassee Community College over the course of his two years with the team.
Featherstone raked in his sophomore season in Florida — he hit .345 with an OPS of 1.130, ten home runs, 46 RBIs and a 1.42 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Since his arrival in Gastonia, he’s stayed hot. Featherstone is 9-28 at the dish on the young season, leads the Grizzlies in RBIs with nine, and his slugging percentage is .500.
More than 50 Grizzlies players have been selected in the MLB Draft. Chris Mason, a Bessemer City native, was the highest-ever draft pick for the Grizzlies – he went in the second round in 2005 to the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
This is the fourth consecutive year a player has both played for the Grizzlies and been selected in the MLB draft in the same season.
Last year, South Point High School grad Garrett Davila appeared in two games for Gastonia before he was selected in the fourth round by the Kansas City. In 2014, another former Red Raider, Jordan Edgerton, played in five games for the Grizzlies and was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth round.
In 2013, UNC-Charlotte and Grizzlies player Justin Seager appeared in five games for the Grizzlies and was taken in the 12th round by the Seattle Mariners. Seager is the brother of two current big leaguers – Kyle (Seattle Mariners) and Corey (Los Angeles Dodgers).
The Grizzlies are in Columbia, S.C. on Saturday for a road game at the Lexington County Blowfish. They’ll visit Savannah for a doubleheader Wednesday before returning home Thursday night to host the Blowfish. Game time is 7:17
Zach Featherstone is a 2014 OF/LHP with a 6-2 205 lb. frame from Charlotte, NC who attends Ardrey Kell HS.
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