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Baseball: For Lee, restless night, beautiful day

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 04:11 PM
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The state of shock coursing through Chris Lee's voice Tuesday afternoon was evident.

"This is very overwhelming right now. This stress is probably the greatest stress in my life," Lee said, his voice wavering.

The former Robinson High pitcher was selected by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Tuesday.

Needless to say, Monday was nearly a sleepless night.

"I was waking up on and off throughout the night," Lee said. "I woke up about four-something in the morning, turned on the video game and started playing. I couldn't sleep from stressing."

Lee, taken 130th overall, spent this past season playing at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. The lefty went 3-3 this season with a save and a 2.85 ERA. Lee struck out 42 batters, while walking 21. In 41 innings, Lee allowed only 13 earned runs.

During the 2010 draft, Lee was selected in the 37th round by the Chicago White Sox.

Meanwhile, King's Javaris Reynolds can feel justified for missing his high school graduation for a personal workout in Houston.

The Astros selected the outfielder in the seventh round, making him the 220th overall player selected.

"We're all very excited," King coach Jim Macaluso said moments after the selection. "That's kind of what we were hoping for, we thought, from talking to a number of organizations last week as it got closer to crunch time.

"I think there were six to eight teams, maybe 10 teams that were interested and they were interested somewhere between the seventh and 10th round."

This season for King, Reynolds hit .403 with 34 runs scored, 14 RBIs, five doubles and two triples. He also was 27 for 27 on stolen bases.

According to Macaluso, Reynolds will meet with the Astros today to discuss signability.

Alonso coach Landy Faedo likely will never forget the past two days. Monday night his ace pitcher, Jose Fernandez, was selected 14th overall by the Florida Marlins. On Tuesday he watched two former players — Alex Panteliodis and Tommy Toledo — receive the call to be drafted.

Panteliodis, the 282nd pick of the ninth round, was taken by the New York Mets; Toledo was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 11th round, 341st overall.

Three former Hillsborough County standouts who recently wrapped up their collegiate careers at the University of South Florida — Jesuit High products Kevin Quackenbush and Jonathan Koscso and Riverview product Junior Carlin — also were selected Tuesday.

Quackenbush, a right-handed pitcher who thrived as the Bulls' closer in 2011, was an eighth-round pick by the San Diego Padres, becoming USF's highest drafted player since Casey Hudspeth was a fifth-round pick in 2006.

Carlin, who pitched and played outfield at USF, was a 20th-round pick by the Los Angeles Angels, who drafted him as a left-handed pitcher. Koscso, a first-team All-Big East pick in 2011, was the Rays' 29th-round selection.

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Reporter Adam Adkins contributed to this report.

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