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Former Savannah pitcher Clayton McGinness was selected in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

After ending his regular season career with a story-book ending, Savannah grad Clayton McGinness is opening a new chapter in his baseball career.

The Wichita State hurler was selected in the 20th round as the 588th overall pick of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

He is the second Savage to be drafted, following the footsteps of Blake McFadden. He was selected in the 32nd round in 2012 before opting to instead continue his career at Kansas State.

In his final regular season start for the Shockers, McGinness threw his first career complete game against No. 8-ranked East Carolina. He tossed 103 pitches and ended the game with a strikeout back on May 11. He allowed just five hits and one walk in the game.

“I’ve demanded a lot of him these last four years, so watching him pitch excellent today against a very good East Carolina, we’re just all so proud of him,” former WSU coach Todd Butler told reporters after the game. “Our guys were emotional to see that. He was just fantastic. A lot of people were pulling for Clayton.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder was one of four Shockers drafted. He turned 22 this year.

McGinness led Wichita State with a 3.89 ERA.

While at Savannah, McGinness was named the News-Press Baseball Player of the Year in 2014 after an all-state campaign. He finished the year with a 6-2 record and 1.15 ERA. He was named a preseason All-American ahead of the 2015 season.

Savannah won three conference titles and two district championships during his time, finished third at state his freshman year. He also played and excelled in basketball and football, earning all-conference honors in both sports.

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