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Recent Collins Hill grad Nasim Nunez became the first player with Gwinnett ties taken in the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday whebn he was selected by the Miami Marlins with the No. 46 overall pick in the second round.

Gwinnett County’s 2019 class in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft got off to a flying start during the first evening of selections Monday night.

Recent Collins Hill grad Nasim Nunez became the first county player taken this year when he was selected by the Miami Marlins with the 46th overall pick in the second round.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound infielder, who hit .345 with a home run and 13 RBIs for the Eagles this spring, became the eighth Gwinnett player taken during the first night of picks in the last five years.

At least one county player has now been selected on the first night of the draft in seven of the past nine years.

This year’s draft continues with rounds 3-10 on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m., and concludes with rounds 11-40 Wednesday at noon.

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Graduated from GSU in 1990. Have worked in sports journalism for the past 28 years, covering a variety of sports at the Gwinnett Daily News, AJC, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser and Marietta Daily Journal before returning to Gwinnett at the Post in 2007.