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Blue Jays select Battlefield southpaw Nick Wells in third round

Battlefield left-hander Nick Wells is picked by the Blue Jays in the third round (Photo by Michelle Hall)

Battlefield left-hander Nick Wells, rated the No. 119 in Baseball America’s list of top 500 prospects, expected his name to be called during Friday’s second day of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft. He just wasn’t sure exactly when.

Thursday night, the first day of the draft, his phone didn’t get much action, but when Friday’s third round started the teams began calling his advisor. While sitting in the basement at his Gainesville home watching the draft on his computer he got the call that the Toronto Blue Jays would be selecting him with the 83rd pick in the third-round.

“I knew a couple picks before that they were going to select me,” Wells said. “But when it happened it was crazy, seeing your name come across that screen is a dream come true.”

He is signed to the College of Charleston, which  is competing in today’s NCAA Super Regional in Lubbock, Texas, against Texas Tech on ESPNU. The slot value for the No. 83 overall pick is $661 800.

In a Saturday phone interview Wells said he has yet to decide if he will sign a pro contract or head to College of Charleston to develop his game.

“It’s going to be gut feeling,” Wells said. “I have to decide where would I will excel more, and what would be better for me in the long run. We will see what happens and we’re still talking about it.”

Scouts love the velocity on his fastball — consistently in the low-90s, hitting as high as 93 mph. His curveball has good movement.

Wells went 7-1 with a 1.06 ERA and struck out 102 batters in 53 inning, walking just 18.

University of Virginia right-hander and former St. John’s 2011 first-team All-Met Nick Howard was picked by the Cincinnati Reds with the 19th pick. Howard set an ACC record with 19 saves this season and has allowed seven earned runs this season with 50 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

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