Former Gardner Edgerton High School baseball student John Means was recently selected in the 11th round of the major league draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
Means, a left-handed pitcher, was a 2011 GEHS grad and earned class 5A second team honors. In addition, he was named to the Kansas City Star second team All-metro team and the All Eastern Kansas League first team. He was a member of the 2011 KC Royals Elite Scout team and played in the 2011 Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches’ All-Star game.
Originally, Means was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 46th round of the 2011 draft. He chose to play baseball at Fort Scott Community College instead, and earned National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All Region Six second team and All Kansas Jayhawk Community College first team honors.
After one year at Fort Scott, Means transferred to West Virginia pitching two years for the Mountaineers. He was recently named to the 2014 All-Big 12 baseball team as an honorable mention and the 2014 All-Big 12 Academic first team.
Hard work during the summer seasons paved the way to the majors. Following his freshman year, Means traveled to New York and played for the Diamond Dawgs in the perfect game college league. After his sophomore season, Means played in the famed Cape Cod League for the Falmouth Commadores. He earned All-League honors on the Cape Cod team.
He is the son of Alan and Jill Means of Gardner.