Drew Cisco soaked up the excite-ment of the second day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. The Wando High School right-handed pitcher was taken in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, the 187th player selected.
"I'm excited," said Cisco, who was ranked the No. 74 prospect in the draft by Baseball America. "I'm just soaking it up and soaking it in. It feels good to get it over with. It was a long wait."
Now comes the tricky part: negotiating with the Reds, which could take a long time. Cisco says he's looking for a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $1 million. The two sides haven't discussed money, and Cisco knows the process could take all summer. If he doesn't sign with the Reds by mid-August, he will enroll at the University of Georgia.
"I think we'll talk through the summer," said Cisco, who led Wando into the Class AAAA Lower State championship series last month. "Hopefully, we'll get a deal done and I will go off and play."
If Cisco and the Reds can't come to terms, he will take the college route and not be eligible again for the draft until 2013. Georgia coaches contacted Cisco shortly after he was drafted.
"They were happy for me, that I experienced a lifelong dream," Cisco said. "But they hope to see me on campus."
Cisco was one of two local high school players drafted Tuesday. Stratford left-handed pitcher Chris Hanna was taken in the 11th round, No. 346 overall, by the Texas Rangers.
Charleston Southern right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg was the first Palmetto State player taken on the second day of the draft. The Milwaukee Brewers used their third-round pick, 96th overall, to select Thornburg.
South Carolina right-handed pitcher Sam Dyson was taken in the fourth round by the Toronto Blue Jays at No. 126.
Coastal Carolina had two players taken in the fifth round. Left-hander Cody Wheeler was taken at No. 151 by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while outfielder Rico Noel was taken by the San Diego Padres at No. 154.
College of Charleston pitcher Heath Hembree was the first Cougars player taken. He was selected at No. 168 in the fifth round by the San Francisco Giants.
South Carolina's second player selected Tuesday was outfielder Whit Merrifield, who went in the ninth round. The outfielder was taken No. 269 overall by the Kansas City Royals. Gamecocks right-handed pitcher Blake Cooper was taken in the 12th round, No. 361 overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Clemson shortstop Michael Freeman was the first Tigers player selected Tuesday. The shortstop was taken in the 11th round as the No. 331st pick by Arizona.
Other players with state ties drafted:
Barrett Kleinknecht, ss, Francis Marion, 12th round, 374th pick, Atlanta Braves
Brian Harrison, 3b, Furman, 13th round, 392nd pick, New York Mets
Mark Christman, rhp, USC Sumter, 13th round, 408th pick, San Francisco Giants
John Hinson, 3b, Clemson, 13th round, 411th pick, Philadelphia Phillies
Jordan Scott, of, Riverside H.S., 14th round, 423rd pick, Houston Astros
Scott Woodward, 2b, Coastal Carolina, 15th round, 455th pick, Oakland Athletics
Brandon Henderson, lhp, Chesnee H.S., 15th round, 461st pick, Tampa Bay Rays
Stephen Wilkerson, ss, Clemson signee, 15th round, 473rd pick, Boston Red Sox
Robert Kral, c, College of Charleston, 16th round, 487th pick, Cincinnati Reds
Austin Fleet, rph, Coastal Carolina, 16th round, 498th pick, San Francisco Giants
Daniel Palka, 1b, Greer H.S., 19th round, 591st pick, Philadelphia Phillies
Robert Haney, ss, USC, 22nd round, 678th pick, San Francisco Giants
Steven Neff, lhp, USC, 23rd round, 689th pick, Kansas City Royals
Matt Talley, lhp, The Citadel, 25th round, 751st pick, Arizona Diamondbacks
Chance Gilmore, lf, Coastal Carolina, 25th round, 772nd pick, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeff Schaus, Clemson, of, 27th round, 810th overall, Cleveland Indians
Matthew Branham, rhp, USC Upstate, 27th round, 814th pick, San Diego Padres
Keith Hessler, lhp, Coastal Carolina, 28th round, 841st pick, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hamilton Bennett, lhp, Tega Cay (Tennessee Wesleyan), 29th round, 872nd pick, New York Mets
Casey Harman, lhp, Clemson, 29th round, 880th pick, Chicago Cubs
Josh Edgin, lhp, Francis Marion, 30th round, 902nd pick, N.Y. Mets
Andrew Miller contributed to this story
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