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McElroy waiting for special call

Chatty native hopes to realize dream of being pro baseball player

Cameron shortstop Codey McElroy won't let his phone get far from his reach today or Saturday. 

The Major League Baseball draft got underway Thursday with rounds 1-3 and continues today through Saturday, and if things go as planned, McElroy expects to get a call from an MLB club before the final pick of the 40th round is made on Saturday afternoon.

But McElroy, a Chattanooga native who's been through this process before, says he has no expectations for what the next couple of days could hold.

"I've been through a lot of this out of high school and you never know what'll happen until it happens," McElroy, who's never been drafted before, said on Wednesday night. "You just have to be patient and see how it goes."

Earlier this week McElroy worked out in front of representatives from all 30 Major League clubs at Seattle's Safeco Field. He's also had a private workout with the Miami Marlins since his junior season with Cameron ended in April. 

"I felt like I did really well at the latest workout in Seattle," McElroy said of the prospect showcase that included infield work, batting practice and 60-yard dashes, among other drills. "After it ended both Miami and the Atlanta Braves told me to have my phone close by on Friday and Saturday."

Primarily a shortstop at Cameron, he entered this season as Baseball America's third-rated prospect in Division II baseball after transferring in from the University of Texas. The 6-foot-6 righty did nothing to dispel those notions, hitting .318 with a team-best seven home runs, 31 RBIs and a .416 on base percentage. 

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