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Former Buccaneer Ian McWilliams was drafted by the New York Mets in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. RICK MURRAY

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz.

Your phone rings. It's the New York Mets, and in an instant your dream becomes a reality.

With the 907th pick in the 30th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, the New York Mets select Ian McWilliams, Beech High School. Hendersonville, Tennessee rejoice -- another Buccaneer has gotten the call. McWilliams follows up big brother Sam McWilliams who was drafted in the eighth round of the 2014 draft.

During Ian's senior campaign, the 6'4" right-handed pitcher hurled 35.2 innings for the Bucs compiling a 1.96 ERA.

"I'm great," McWilliams exclaimed. "I'm actually on vacation right now at the beach and I got a text from the Royals saying congratulations, and about five seconds later the area scout for the Mets called me and told me I was drafted."

McWilliams talked about what it was that got his name called.

"Having my brother help me get exposure was huge," he said. "I'm a tall, right-handed pitcher that has not maxed out yet."

Outside of an offer he can't refuse, Ian said he will likely attend University of Alabama-Birmingham next fall where he will look to make an immediate impact with the Blazers program.

"I still have to talk money but I'm pretty sure I'm going to UAB," he said. "When I visited UAB I felt really good when I was there, and the offer was really good too. I will be looking to play freshman year and have a real impact."

During his time in college, McWilliams will try and perfect his game.
"I just want to get better at what I am already doing," he said. "I want to master my fastball, curve, and change up. Sometimes I like to mix in a two-seam fastball. Right now, I'm putting on more weight so I can throw harder and hope to get re-drafted after my junior year."

There will be one more McWilliams brother who will make his way through the Buccaneer program as youngest brother Zach McWilliams will be a freshman this fall.

"I think he's next," said Ian when asked how he thinks his younger brother will follow up two MLB draft picks. "He played in the Little League World Series so I know he has what it takes."

Ian said no one in the family before his older brother played baseball, other than his dad who just played until freshman year of high school. So, it begs the question, what's in the water?

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