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Andre Tarver, left, celebrates with Ringgold High School teammate Dalton Schley after hitting a home run during a game this past season. Tarver, who was a senior, was selected by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday in the 15th round of the MLB draft.
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Nic Gaddis plays catcher for Dade County High School during a game at Gordon Lee in March 2015. Gaddis, who completed his collegiate baseball career this spring at Jacksonville State, was selected by the New York Mets on Wednesday in the 16th round of the MLB draft.

Andre Tarver has a tough choice to make over the next few weeks after being selected by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

The former Ringgold High School standout, a senior this past school year, was one of three northwest Georgia athletes picked Wednesday. Tarver was joined by former Dade County High School and Jacksonville State University star Nic Gaddis (16th round by the New York Mets) and pitcher Nolan Letzgus (34th round by the Chicago Cubs), a Heritage High School senior in 2018-19.

Tarver, a 6-2, 210-pound outfielder who batted .561 (with a .662 on-base percentage) with 10 home runs, 36 RBIs, 55 runs scored and 21 stolen bases this season, has been committed to Southeastern Conference power Mississippi State for three years and can use that leverage in negotiations with the Padres.

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Nolan Letzgus throws the ball to first base while playing shortstop for Heritage High School during a game against Northwest Whitfield in March. Letzgus, who was a senior, was selected by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday in the 34th round of the MLB draft.

While he was central to another playoff run for the Ringgold baseball program this spring, Tarver also stood out on the football field during high school as a two-way threat for the Tigers.

Gaddis was an integral part of Jacksonville State winning the Ohio Valley Conference championship this season. The senior catcher/third baseman earned All-OVC first-team honors for the Alabama program after hitting .330 with 14 homers in 2019 and ended his Gamecocks career with 192 hits, including 29 home runs and 42 doubles.

Letzgus, a two-sport star at Heritage who was a standout receiver for the Generals this past fall, shot up the baseball prospect ranks this season. In his first season as a full-time member of Heritage's rotation, he was 5-1 with a 0.46 ERA, allowing three earned runs and striking out 75 batters in 45 innings.

He also batted .420 with four homers, 11 doubles, 28 RBIs and 38 runs scored to help the Generals earn Region 6-AAAA's No. 2 seed for the state playoffs.

Contact Lindsey Young at lyoung@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6296. Follow him on Twitter @youngsports22.

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