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Open tryout a hit

June 8, 2003

Albany-The major league draft may have wrapped up this past Wednesday, but that didn't stop several local ball players from showing up on the Albany State campus this afternoon for an open tryout held by the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta Braves area scouting supervisor Robert Lucas conducted the open tryout at Golden Rams Park in Albany Sunday afternoon. Lucas worked with 25 players ranging anywhere from 17-21 years old.

 The over three hour workout consisted of running sprints, various fielding drills, and hitting against live pitching. Although no one was signed out of Sunday's camp everyone was able to take something away from the professional workout, and for Albany State rising senior Eric Jones it was also an opportunity to do a little recruiting for the Golden Rams.

"I came out here and gave it my all, helped the younger kids and told them what to do, what the scout was looking for.  And we're also looking for recruits here for Albany State too," Jones said. 

Darton signee Justin Huff said, "(I came out here) to see what they think about my different skills and what they expect out of someone that they're looking to follow."

Lucas added, "What we basically try to do is make sure that we cover all territories, turn over all rocks, and give all the kids that want an opportunity to play, give them a chance to be seen."

Lucas said he will follow four of the 25 players that worked out on Sunday and keep up with their progress. Two of those four are Albany residents Chris Harris and Trevion Griffin.

Posted at 12:45 AM by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com