Forest natives Zach Peek and Zack Hess were selected 21 picks apart in the sixth and seventh rounds of the Major League Baseball amateur draft Tuesday, while two Liberty University players were picked later on the draft's second day.
Peek, a junior at Winthrop and Jefferson Forest High graduate, was taken by the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth round with a 181st pick. The right-hander, a second-team all-Big South Conference selection, was 7-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings this past season.
Hess and LSU are scheduled to host the Baton Rouge Super Regional this weekend against Florida State. The Liberty Christian Academy graduate was selected in the MLB Draft for the second straight year. He was taken in the 34th round by the Atlanta Braves last year, but elected to return for his junior season.
And the return paid off with his selection by the Tigers in the seventh round with the 202nd overall pick.
Hess, a right-hander, is 4-5 with a 4.63 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 70 innings this season.
Liberty's season ended this past weekend in the Chapel Hill Regional, and the Flames had two players selected on the second day of the draft.
Senior right-hander Evan Brabrand was selected in the ninth round with the 261st overall pick by the Miami Marlins, and junior catcher Jonathan Embry was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 308th pick in the 10th round.
Brabrand was named a third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and finished his season with a 4-2 record with 1.56 ERA, 13 saves and 62 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.
Embry was named the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year and tournament MVP and batted .310 with team highs of 16 doubles and 11 home runs to go with 44 RBIs.
Peek, Hess and Embry can opt to return for their senior seasons if they do not agree to contracts with their respective teams.