Conor Harber became Astoria’s latest professional sports draft choice over the weekend.

The Class of 2012 AHS graduate, who just completed his first year of college baseball, was drafted in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball draft, by the Baltimore Orioles, a little over a month after Jordan Poyer was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Harber was the 1,149th player selected in the MLB’s first-year player draft, which covered 40 rounds.

Harber is taking time to weigh his options.

“Everything’s kind of up in the air right now,” he said Sunday. “I can go back to Western, and try the draft again next year, or I can go to Oregon State. But if I go to OSU, I would have to wait two years (to be eligible for the draft). Or the Orioles can still sign me. I don’t exactly know what I’m going to do yet.”

Last month, Harber was named to the 2013 All-Region 18 first team, following his freshman year at Western Nevada College.

Harber was one of four Wildcats named to the first team, along with University of Arizona-bound Cody Hamlin, catcher Cole Ferguson and pitcher Christian Stolo.

Harber hit for a school-record .411 batting average, the only Wildcat regular to ever hit better than .400.

He also set a school mark with 11 triples and was second to Ferguson with 42 RBIs. Harber led the Wildcats with 56 runs scored and slugging average (.636).

Although Harber was used sparingly on the mound, he finished with a team-low 0.96 ERA in five appearances. Harber split time between center and right field, throwing out four runners and committing just three errors in 69 chances.

 

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