July 4 - Nick Lockhart signed a professional contract with the Texas Rangers last night, Woodgrove coach Rusty Smith confirmed this morning.
Lockhart, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound right-hander, became the area’s lone high school player selected in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft when Texas took him in the 11th round (325th overall). He weighed his options for nearly a month before deciding to skip college and go straight to pro ball. Lockhart had signed to pitch on scholarship at Virginia Tech over the winter.
Terms of his signing bonus were not immediately known.
A two-sport standout for the Wolverines, Lockhart helped the Purcellville school win the Class 4 state football championship last fall while being named the Region 4C co-Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection at defensive end. He also played tight end.
This spring, he went 6-3 with a 1.21 ERA and had 68 strikeouts to just 18 walks in 52 innings en route to first-team All-Dulles District and second-team all-region honors. In his final high school start, Lockhart struck out eight over 7.1 innings in a 1-0 extra-inning district semifinal loss to Loudoun County.
Each of the 11 players from Northern Virginia taken in the MLB Draft this year have now signed.
Photo courtesy of Lockhart Family