ALPHARETTA, Ga. — King’s Ridge graduates and state title winners Grayson Byrd and Kyle Brnovich were selected in the Major League Baseball draft this month.
Byrd graduated from King’s Ridge Christian School in 2014, after leading his team to the school’s first baseball state championship. He went on to play baseball at LSU, then transferred to Clemson.
Byrd completed his college career by leading Clemson in batting average (.316), home runs (16) and RBI (59) this season, on the way to earning First-Team All-ACC honors. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round and was signed by Cubs scout Keith Lockhart, former Atlanta Braves second baseman.
Brnovich was a sophomore at King’s Ridge when his team captured its first state title, and, one year later, helped secure their second championship. In 2016, Brnovich’s senior year, the Tigers wrapped up their season as Georgia 6A Region champs. He also earned an all-state selection and was rated by MaxPreps as the 16th-best prospect in the state.
Brnovich graduated from Elon University in May after three years of study.
During his college career, he was named CAA Rookie of the Year in 2017, Elon’s Top Male Athlete during the 2017-18 school year, a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2018 and CAA Preseason Player of the Year in 2019.
He finished with 360 career strikeouts, an Elon program record and second on the CAA’s record list. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth round on June 4.