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Yankees draft Karns baseball star in 3rd round

Ryder Green was taken with the 97th overall pick in the MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.

Ryder Green has a big question to answer: go pro or go to college?

The New York Yankees selected Green, a standout outfielder and recent alumnus of Karns High School, with the 97th overall pick Tuesday in the MLB Draft.

Should Green sign with the Yankees, he could earn a lucrative signing bonus as a third-round pick. The money value assigned to the No. 97 pick is $576,400; depending on how the Yankees distribute their money to their draft picks, Green could get much more.

Green signed with Vanderbilt in November to play baseball, and told 10News during this baseball season his commitment to the Commodores baseball program is strong.

"It depends on the money and what happens there, but hopefully it's there," Green said Tuesday. "If it's not, Vanderbilt is an unbelievable option. Hopefully I'll be able to do this again if it is Vanderbilt."

The 18-year-old Green, who throws and bats right-handed, is listed at 6'2" and 205 pounds. MLB.com pegged him as the 82nd best prospect available in the draft.

Green has until July 6 to sign with New York.

The Karns Beavers baseball program won its third consecutive district championship in 2018 thanks in part to Green, who transferred to Karns this year after previous stops at Knoxville Christian School and Hardin Valley Academy.

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