By The Associated Press
Pitcher Lance Lynn, a former Indiana high school star at Brownsburg, has been selected by St. Louis in the compensation round of the major league baseball draft.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound righthander was the 39th overall selection Thursday and the first Indiana player drafted.
Lynn led his Brownsburg team to the 1999 Little League World Series as a 12-year-old and then led his high school team to an undefeated season and the Class 4A state championship as a senior in 2005. He also was drafted out of high school by Seattle in the sixth round of the 2005 major league draft but decided instead to attend the University of Mississippi.
A scouting report on the Major League Baseball Web site says Lynn is a "level behind the elite college arms" in this year's draft but has "excellent command, a knowledge of how to pitch and a real competitive streak." The mlb.com site says Lynn "presumably won't take long to be big-league ready."
Among later selections Thursday, Purdue pitcher Josh Lindblom, who played at Lafayette Harrison High School, was picked 61st by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round, and Notre Dame pitcher Kyle Weiland was chosen 108th by Boston in the third round.
The first non-pitcher selected from an Indiana school was outfielder Ryne White of Purdue, who was drafted on the fourth round, the 138th player overall, by Arizona.
Round Comp A
39. St. Louis, Lance Lynn, RHP, Brownsburg HS and Mississippi
61. LA Dodgers, Josh Lindblom, RHP, Lafayette Harrison HS and Purdue
108. Boston, Kyle Weiland, RHP, Notre Dame
138. Arizona, Ryne White, OF, Purdue