JJ Bleday and former coach comment on Bleday's draft pick

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Monday night Mosley alum JJ Bleday heard his name called as the fourth overall pick of the 2019 MLB draft.

Mosley alum JJ Bleday was selected fourth overall by the Miami Marlins Monday. (WJHG/WECP)

The Vanderbilt junior is heading to the Miami Marlins organization after racking up a stellar season this year with the Commodores.

Bleday accumulated a ton of accolades this season including becoming a a Golden Spikes finalist.

In speaking to former coaches they say he's just as outstanding of a person as he is a player and since he's staying in the state it's a much shorter trip for those here at home who still want to see him play.

Bleday said, "It's great, I got off the phone with [Coach] Harless and some local friends and they're happy they can have the chance to come watch me play in terms of minor league affiliates and all that but that's all in the future, that's too far ahead. But it's cool to have that, it's one of those things where who would've thought that it just happens to circle back around and that it's in Florida."

We spoke with coach Harless, who coached JJ at Mosley and he said JJ is a once in a lifetime caliber player and person and his college coaches agree.

Harless said, "Talking with Coach Corbin he says he's an old soul. It's like coaching a 35 year-old man and that's a great comparison to him. You don't have to worry about what he's going to do, you don't have to worry about what he's going to say."

Before Bleday can focus on the MLB there's still work to do at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores are hosting the Duke Blue Devils in their super regional. First pitch is Friday at 5 p.m.
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