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Curtiss Pomeroy ’12 edged ever closer to his dream of playing professional baseball when the Atlanta Braves selected him in the 28th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft on Thursday.

A rising senior at Georgetown University, Pomeroy helped lead the Hoyas to a 25-win season, highlighted by victories over Virginia, Seton Hall, Villanova, and Navy, and the program’s first berth in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament since 1986. An infielder during his first two seasons at Georgetown, Pomeroy transitioned to pitching midway through the 2015 season and caught the attention of pro scouts with a fastball that reaches 94 miles per hour. He made his collegiate pitching debut on April 21 against Coppin State and finished the season with eight strikeouts in five relief appearances.

Pomeroy led Andover to a 16-5 record and a Central New England Prep Championship in 2012. He anchored the defense at shortstop and led the team in batting with a robust .433 average on the strength of nine doubles, two homers, and 20 RBIs. Pomeroy paced the offense in slugging (.717), on-base percentage (.537), and runs scored (24) as well, stole eight bases, and did not surrender a hit in four mound appearances as the team’s closer. He was named First-Team All-Central New England Prep for his efforts.

Pomeroy is the first Andover player drafted by a Major League team since Hugh Quattlebaum ’96 was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 25th round of the 2000 MLB Draft. After a stellar college career at Amherst College, Quattlebaum spent three seasons in the Tigers organization and another with the Baltimore Orioles, advancing as high as Triple A in 2003.