HUNTINGTON - Wednesday was a great day for three Tri-State baseball players, as they were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Trey Dawson, a former Hurricane High School shortstop now at the University of Kentucky; Jacob Barnwell, a former Boyd County catcher now at Ohio State University; and Gage Hughes, a Greenup County High School shortstop signed with the University of Cincinnati, were drafted.

Dawson was selected by Houston in the 15th round, pick No. 462 overall. The slick-fielding, 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior was a 32nd-round choice of the Detroit Tigers after leading Hurricane to the 2014 Class AAA state championship. He turned down Detroit to sign with LSU, where he played in 27 games, starting four.

Dawson left LSU for Chipola Junior College in Florida and led the team to a national championship before transferring to Kentucky. With the Wildcats, Dawson started all 55 games and batted .280 with three home runs and 19 runs batted in. He slugged .399 and reached base at a .416 clip. Dawson was successful on all seven of his stolen base attempts.

He was the second former Hurricane standout to be drafted in as many years. The Boston Red Sox chose Redskins' right-handed pitcher Aaron Perry in the 14th round in 2017. The Red Sox bought Perry out of his commitment to Kentucky with a $172,500 signing bonus. He is in extended spring training awaiting a minor league assignment this month.

Barnwell, a 5-11, 190-pound junior, was a 22nd-round pick of the Colorado Rockies. He was the 666th selection overall. Barnwell said he will forego his senior season and sign with Colorado. Barnwell hit one home run, drove in 26 and batted .261 this season to help the Buckeyes to an NCAA Regional appearance. Barnwell threw out 16 of 29 attempted base stealers.

Hughes is playing with the Musketeers this week in the Kentucky state tournament. The Royals listed him as a second baseman. Hughes has hit nine home runs and slugged .837 this season, with 45 RBI and a state-best 65 runs scored. Hughes has a .586 on-base percentage and 27 stolen bases. He also is the leading scorer in the history of Greenup County basketball.

Hughes cannot sign until his season finishes, but a tweet from his Twitter account indicated he might lean toward spurning college for pro ball.

"What an amazing feeling this is," Hughes tweeted. "Without God none of this would be possible. I want to say thank you to my family, friends, coaches, and anybody that has helped me along the way. I couldn't be more excited to a part of the Kansas City Royals organization."

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