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July 24, 2013

Tweet informs Sharp that the Atlanta Braves drafted him in 2013

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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North Farmington’s Sterling Sharp gets back to first base during a win against Country Day earlier this season. Sharp is headed to EMU, but was selected by the Braves in the MLB draft.

FARMINGTON HILLS — He’s played catch on more occasions than he could possibly count.

A life-long baseball junky, Sterling Sharp has tossed the ball back and forth thousands upon thousands of times.

There is one, however, that will forever resonate with the recent North Farmington grad.

“I was outside, just playing catch,” he said last week. “I went in to check my phone and somebody had tweeted me a congratulations. That’s how I found out.”

The tweet, and subsequent phone call roughly an hour later, confirmed what Sharp had been hoping for, but never totally expected.

He was officially drafted by a Major League Baseball organization.

“We had a good year, and a lot of coverage of our team this year, but I still didn’t think I was going to get drafted,” Sharp explained. “I wasn’t blindsided by it, but it was a nice surprise.”

The Braves selected Sharp in the 30th round with the 913th overall pick.

“I was real excited,” Sharp added. “I called my mom and pitching coach. I was with my dad and called my brother.”

Sharp decided not to sign with the Braves, and instead will play at Eastern Michigan University next year.

The former Raiders pitcher finished his career with a 24-5 overall record. He was 5-3 with 2 saves in 2013 from the mound, while hitting .368 with a double, two triples and 18 RBI from the leadoff spot.

He was named Oakland Activities Association All-Association, All-District and All-Regional.

“He got drafted based on his potential — the same reason he is going to Eastern,” North Farmington coach Mike O’Connell said. “He’s a big kid with the chance to really do some great things moving forward. The best thing for him is to go to college, bulk up and learn at the next level how to improve even more.”

Sharp said he hopes to be a top-round pick when he is eligible again following his junior season.

“Hopefully, after three years, I’ll gain some weight, put on some muscle and maybe find myself getting picked in the first 10 rounds,” he added. “That’s my goal.”

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