By: Eric Cain / @_Cainer
ATLANTA—Brett Langhorne became the first Carson-Newman Eagle in 11 years and the 20th player overall in program history to be selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft when the third baseman’s name was called by the Atlanta Braves Tuesday afternoon in the 10th round with the 292nd overall selection.
“It’s still pretty surreal right now to be honest – it hasn’t really hit me yet,” Langhorne said on The First Quarter Wednesday morning. “I expected to be glued to my phone today [Day 3 of draft], but knowing that my name has already been called is a big sigh of relief.”
After beginning his career in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, the Mechiancsville, Va. native transferred to Carson-Newman prior to the 2017 campaign where he completed his final two years of college eligibility.
During the time, Langhorne competed in 101 games and hit .325 at the plate with 14 home runs, 75 RBI, 84 runs and 37 stolen bases. The newest Brave was named an Honorable Mention South Atlantic Conference player both years with an All-Tournament honor his junior campaign and was a Gold Glove recipient as a senior at the hot corner.
“It’s been a wild ride and a long journey and these past few weeks have been hectic driving around to different workouts and talking with different teams,” Langhorne said. “I was actually in the car on my way home from the gym when I got the call and was asked if I wanted to be a Brave. I probably about wrecked, but it was an exciting moment.”
Prior to Langhorne, current Chicago Cub Steve Cishek was the last C-N player to be drafted when he was a fifth-round pick by the Florida Marlins in 2007. The one-time Volunteer is now the highest drafted position player in Eagle history with the 10th-round selection as Samuel Roberts previously held the honor after being taken in the 14th round of the 1975 draft.
According to the Carson-Newman Athletic Communications Department, Langhorne is the first C-N position player to be drafted since Travis Hake was selected in the 27th round of the 2000 MLB Draft.
“When I was younger, I was a Braves fan. Growing up in Richmond [Va], they had a Minor League team there, so I grew up a fan,” Langhorne said. “I was kind of surprised it came so early. I had a feeling it was going to be the Braves, but I thought it would be in Day 3.”
Before showcasing his talents at the Division II level, Langhorne saw action in 31 games at Tennessee as a freshman and sophomore and was a California Collegiate Summer League North All-Team nomination while playing for the SLO Blues in the summer of 2015.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 5, 2018
“I think transferring to Carson-Newman improved my chances of getting drafted. Obviously, it didn’t really work out for me there [Tennessee] and I didn’t think I would be getting a lot of playing time the next few years,” Langhorne said. “Moving to Carson-Newman actually saved my chances of getting drafted.
“It was a good decision for me at the time and I think it worked out for me pretty well. I’m happy with that decision and exited to move on to further my career.”
One of Atlanta’s short-season organizational affiliates is the Danville Braves of the nearby Appalachian League. The 21-year-old believes that is where his professional career will begin when the season kicks off on June 19.
Hear the full interview from Wednesday’s First Quarter below.
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