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Georgia Tech's Nichols drafted by Angels

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -  One day after making Cook High's Kaleb Cowart their first pick, the Los Angeles Angels returned to Georgia to find another talented player.

The Angels took Georgia Tech outfielder Thomas Nichols from Leesburg in the 16th round.

The former Lee County Trojan led Georgia Tech in hitting with a .376 batting average this season.

Thomas Nichols is one of ten Georgia Tech players who have been selected in the first 30 rounds of the MLB draft.

Pitcher Deck McGuire went in the first round Monday to Toronto.

Shortstop Derek Dietrich goes in the second round to Tampa Bay.

Catcher Cole Leonida is drafted by Washington in the sixth round.

In the ninth round, pitcher Brandon Cumpton was taken by Pittsburgh and first baseman Tony Plagman was selected by Detroit.

Pitcher James Robinson goes to Houston in the 12th round and Infielder Jonathan Burnette goes to the Indians in the 18th round.

Georgia Tech also has had four incoming freshman drafted including Macon's DeAndre Smelter selected by Minnesota in the 14th round.

Georgia has had three players selected in pitchers Justin Grimm, Jeffrey Waters and Alex McCree.

Brooks County outfielder Brooks Shipman is a third round pick of the Oakland Athletics and the Angels took Valdosta State's Brandon Decker in the 27th round.

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