Kevin Hardin takes a swing during his senior year with Warrensburg. Hardin was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 33rd round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.

Warrensburg alum Kevin Hardin was taken in the 33rd round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

“It’s an opportunity that I have been working for for a long time as well,” Hardin said. “It’s definitely a blessing to say the least. I am just happy that all the hard work has paid off.”

The sophomore, pick No. 1,003, has spent the last two season at Maple Woods Community College. He slashed .330/.442/.635 with 38 hits, 36 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 115 at-bats in his second year in the program.

Hardin didn’t initially hear his name get called in the draft.

“I was sitting at home with my girlfriend and we were listening to the draft and I had actually missed my name getting called,” Hardin said. “The Brewers called, saying that they had picked me up.”

Hardin is now weighting the option between heading to the professional ranks or joining Arkansas — Little Rock, where he signed to in late 2018.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Hardin said. “I am still in the process of deciding, talking with my friends and family about what the best option for me is and just go from there, taking it step-by-step.”

Sports Editor Randy Speer can be reached by emailing randy.speer@dsjnow.com, by calling (660) 747-8123 or on Twitter at @RandySpeer_DSJ.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.