The New York Mets selected Firestone High School graduate Jonathan Kountis in the 19th round Tuesday of the Major League Baseball Draft.
"This is a great feeling," said Kountis, who was tabbed with the 572nd overall pick. "When my name got called, I was like on cloud nine."
Kountis, a 6-foot-3 and 220-pound right-handed pitcher, played his senior year at Embry-Riddle, an NAIA university in Daytona. He compiled a 7-4 record, a 3.27 ERA, struck out 90 and walked 31 in 88 innings.
"I think it is outstanding, we are working hard to get Firestone to the next level," Firestone coach Brad Lightfoot said. "I think the thing that he brings to the table as a pro, that seperates him from other players, is his work ethic. Jonathan Kountis has the best work ethic of any kid I have ever coached. I hope he succeeds."
Kountis, 22, played his first three collegiate seasons at Ohio Dominican University and compiled a 20-9 record. The Indians drafted him in the 42nd round (1,265th overall pick) in last year's draft, but he did not sign.
"Being down South, you get much more of an opportunity to get noticed and seen by a lot more people because it is warmer," said Kountis, who intends to sign. "You throw harder because it is warmer too."