Tuesday provided Jack Goodman with plenty of reason to smile.
Goodman, who was the top high school position player in Massachusetts in 2022, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday afternoon. The Medfield shortstop holds a commitment to Pepperdine University.
The 2022 Boston Herald All-Scholastic was nothing short of a superstar this spring batting .523 with seven home runs and three triples.
Goodman was far from the only player with local ties chosen on the final day of the 2022 MLB Draft. Former Leominster star Pat Gallagher earned a phone call from the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th round. Gallagher, who went 10-0 with a 0.51 ERA his junior year of high school, led the University of Connecticut to the Super Regionals this past spring. He earned First Team All-BIG EAST honors for his efforts as he went 11-3 with a 3.41 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 103 innings.
The last two pitchers to appear in a Division 1A Super Eight game each got selected. Boston College right-hander and former St. John’s Prep arm Max Gieg was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the 18th round. Gieg has a fastball that gets into the mid 90s. North Andover native and Northeastern right-hander Sebastian Keane was selected in the 19th round by the New York Yankees. Keane, who led the Scarlet Knights to a Super Eight title back in 2019, turned down an 11th round selection by the Boston Red Sox out of high school to attend Northeastern.
A total of eight players with Massachusetts hometown ties were selected in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft.