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Former Starkville High School standout Max Bartlett was drafted in the 36th round and 1,088th overall by the Cleveland Indians during Saturday's First-Year Player Draft.
Bartlett just finished his freshman season at Gulf Coast Community College in Florida. He played for the Yellowjackets through the 2013 season.
"As a freshman, he played a lot," former SHS head coach Danny Carlisle said, who coached Bartlett. "He's an outstanding player and very well deserving of getting drafted. They won't draft anybody who will work any harder."
He batted .289 with 31 runs batted in, 28 runs scored and seven stolen bases at Gulf Coast CC. He had an on-base percentage of .356 and a slugging percentage of .352.
Bartlett is the son of former Mississippi State catcher Chuck Bartlett.
Max, a shortstop, is playing for the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League this summer.
He has until mid-July to decide if he wants to enter the Indians organization or return to school.
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