The Milwaukee Brewers selected Lake Norman High School ace Justin Jarvis in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.
Jarvis was taken with the 155th overall pick. He witnessed it while following MLB.com’s live stream of the draft.
“I stood up, hugged my dad, all my buddies around me, my nana, my grandpa, my mom,” Jarvis said when asked about his reaction.
“I was kind of speechless there for a little bit, but it came back to me.”
The senior committed to UNC Wilmington but said he will “probably” sign with the Brewers.
Jarvis didn’t say he had a preference as to which organization picked him but noted that he was pleased the Brewers wanted his services. He was in Milwaukee last week for workouts.
“I threw in Miller Park and got to meet everyone,” Jarvis said. “I like it. It’s a cool place. I’m looking forward to it.”
His high school coach, former Major Leaguer Ty Wigginton, was happy to hear about Jarvis’ good news.
“You get the opportunity to go in any round in the draft it’s a dream come true,” Wigginton said. “I’m sure emotions were running high when it happened.
“He’s one step closer” to being a major league baseball player, Wigginton added. “It’s a pretty cool achievement for him.”
Jarvis had an impressive spring on the mound and helped the Wildcats claim a share of the I-Meck Conference championship. They lost in second round of the 4A state playoffs to eventual runner-up Charlotte Ardrey Kell and finished 24-4.
Jarvis posted an 8-2 record and a 1.60 ERA. He struck out 95 batters in 57 innings of work while yielding only 33 hits.
The season started with a bang. The 6-foot-3 right-hander tossed a perfect game in a 5-0 win over East Rowan. Utilizing an effective fastball that reached the mid-90s, he struck out 18 of the 21 batters he faced.
“I transferred schools this year, but I think I fit right in,” said Jarvis, who previously played at Mooresville High. “The whole team (at Lake Norman) took me in. I did my best to win there. We fell short of a state championship, which we wanted to win.
“This kind of just tops off my whole life, honestly.”