Former New Bedford High and Tabor Academy baseball star Jared Shuster was selected Wednesday by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the MLB Draft.

The 21-year old Shuster was the 25th overall pick. Mock drafts had suggested Shuster would be selected much lower, somewhere in rounds three, four or five.

Shuster, a left-handed pitcher, pitched one season for the Whalers before transferring to Tabor Academy in Marion where he finished his high school career.

Shuster came into his own in college while pitching for Wake Forest, improving his velocity and control and drawing the attention of Major League scouts. While in college, Shuster pitched 128 innings and struck out 169 hitters.

Shuster also pitched in the Cape Cod Summer League and for the former New Bedford Bay Sox.

Jared is the son of Bennett and Lori Shuster of New Bedford.

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