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Wendelken, Driggers reach deals
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Effingham County’s two newest professional baseball players are on their way to their respective teams.

JB Wendelken has signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox, according to reports, and D.J. Driggers has agreed to terms with the Detroit Tigers.

Jim Callis of Baseball America tweeted that Wendelken, a South Effingham High School grad who played last year at Middle Georgia College, signed last week for $100,000. The Red Sox selected Wendelken in the 13th round of the first-year player draft earlier this month.

Wendelken also posted on his Facebook page that he was a member of the Red Sox.

Boston conducts spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., where it also has a team in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and in the single-A Florida State League.

In his one year at Middle Georgia, Wendelken was named the Region XVII player of the year after he posted an earned run average of 0.20. He gave up just one earned run in 46 innings over 22 games.

Wendelken posted a 7-0 record with nine saves. He allowed only 27 hits, striking out 54 batters while walking only eight.

Driggers, who played at Effingham County High School, was Wendelken’s Middle Georgia teammate. The Tigers selected Driggers in the 22nd round.

At Middle Georgia, Driggers led the team with 27 stolen bases while batting .249 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in. He also had nine doubles and three triples and was second in the team in runs scored with 42.

Detroit’s rookie league team, the Gulf Coast League Tigers, plays at its complex in Lakeland, Fla.