Former Rutland standout Blake Shouse was selected in the fifth round of the MLB Draft Friday by the Colorado Rockies.
Rouse was the first local prospect to be selected in the three-day draft when the Rockies grabbed him with the 139th overall selection, which was the highest pick of a Middle Georgia State player or a Macon native since 1986.
Shouse, a third baseman and pitcher for Middle Georgia State, went 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA and had 35 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings pitched with the Knights. He was named the conference player of the year.
The Rockies tweeted they drafted Shouse as a pitcher.
Shouse has signed with the University of Georgia, and he has until July 12 to decide whether or not to sign with the Rockies.
Shouse is the earliest draft pick from Middle Georgia State since the January and June drafts consolidated in 1986. Trevor Pippin was selected in the fourth round out of Middle Georgia State in 2007, but he was taken with the 148th pick.
Shouse is also believed to be the first native Middle Georgian to be taken in the first 140 picks since Vince Faison (Toombs County) was selected in the first round in 1999, according to baseball-reference.com. He is the earliest selection of a guy who played high school baseball in Macon since Southwest's Milt Cuyler was drafted in the second round in 1986.