Landen Roupp and Reid Johnston dazzled on local high school baseball diamonds just a few years ago and turned their skills into scholarships.
On Tuesday, the accomplished college pitchers were selected in the 2021 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Roupp, a former Faith Christian School and UNC Wilmington starting pitcher, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round with the 356th pick. Johnston, a Rocky Mount Academy standout and N.C. State pitcher, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 19th round with the 576th pick.
Roupp, whose jersey was retired at FCS in 2018 after he helped the program win a state baseball championship his senior season in 2017, was named the 2021 Colonial Athletic Association pitcher of the year, after he led the conference in strikeouts (118) and innings pitched (101). He finished with an 8-5 record across 15 starts and 16 appearances.
His 2.58 earned run average was good for third in conference. The right-hander and former Telegram pitcher of the year also struck out a conference-tournament record 21 batters over 12 ⅔ innings and two appearances. His 101 innings was the most of his career, as his previous high was 80 ⅓ innings his sophomore season in 2019.
Johnston was a former Telegram batter of the year following his senior season with RMA. At N.C. State, the right-hander proved to be a workhorse on the mound as he lasted into the sixth inning in 11 of his 12 starts.
Johnston led the NCAA College World Series advancing Wolfpack with 96 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings. He finished the season with a stellar 9-3 record and a 4.47 ERA. The NCSU ace earned six consecutive wins between April 25 and June 4.
Drafted players have until Aug. 1 to sign with their respective teams.