Jackson High School graduate Glen Richardson was selected in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers on Wednesday despite missing the 2018 college season due to Tommy John surgery.

Not even Tommy John surgery could stop former Jackson High School ace Glen Richardson from being taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Richardson was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 29th round on Wednesday despite being unable to pitch this season for Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

"It's a really special moment," Richardson said. "The scouting process you go through is really intense. It was interesting to go through. It's special to know that a team was willing to take me despite the injury."

You can chalk that up to hard work by Richardson.

"He always had a relentless work ethic," Jackson head coach Bill Gamble said. "He still does. I'm really excited for him and his family."

The injury and the medical redshirt in 2018 did not prevent Richardson from receiving the college opportunity he was looking for either. Richardson committed to the University of Cincinnati in early May.

"That's a place I've always wanted to go," Richardson said. "I love the coaching staff (Scott Googins is the head coach) and I felt like they were a good fit. I'm also going into engineering and they have a really good program at Cincinnati."

It's easy to see why there is so much interest in Richardson. Before going down, Richardson was dominant for Sinclair as a freshman in 2017. He was 5-0 with a save and a 2.91 ERA in his only season of college ball. Richardson struck out 65 batters in just 43.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted just .129 against Richardson.

"Cincinnati was at all of my early bullpen sessions," Richardson said. "I couldn't even really ramp it up at those. They were interested from the start."

Richardson still has to take a few steps on the path to recovery.

"I've gone through most of the rough parts," Richardson said. "I'm currently not throwing. That's on doctor's orders. I've learned a lot going through this. This isn't something I would have wished on myself or anybody else for that matter but I think I've learned a lot about myself as a result of it."

Growing from experience is something those who have been around Richardson have noticed for years.

"He's always getting better," Gamble said. "I remember how much he improved when he was a senior with us. He got stronger. His velocity got better. His curve ball had more bite to it by the end of the year. ...He's a guy with a super high ceiling and he's always working to get better."

Being unable to participate this spring was difficult but Richardson still was involved with the team at Sinclair.

"I enjoyed rooting for the guys," Richardson said. "The only point it got really rough was toward the end of the year in the tournament. I could throw but I wasn't cleared to compete. It's hard to know I could throw but not well enough to get cleared and help the team. I still enjoyed being part of the team and cheering on the guys. They had a great year."

Richardson will soon be faced with a decision: The Texas Rangers or the University of Cincinnati?

"When the time comes to make that decision, I don't see it as being difficult," Richardson said. "I don't think it will be hard call to make when the time comes. I'm just going enjoy the moment right now. To be drafted really is a dream for every kid."

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