Dublin Scioto High School graduate Eric Stamets was watching the Major League Baseball draft last week when he received an important phone call --- from the Los Angeles Angels.

Dublin Scioto High School graduate Eric Stamets was watching the Major League Baseball draft last week when he received an important phone call --- from the Los Angeles Angels.

A few minutes later, the team selected him with the 19th pick in the sixth round, 207th overall.

"Going in the top 10 rounds is amazing," said Stamets, who watched the draft with family, friends and advisers at a Columbus hotel. "It's awesome. It's like a dream come true. Like I was telling some of my family, this hasn't hit me yet. I don't believe that it's happened yet."

Stamets said he also received interest from the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs.

"It didn't matter which team selected me," said Stamets, who graduated from Scioto in 2009 and is a junior shortstop at the University of Evansville in Indiana. "I just wanted to go play baseball."

He anticipates reporting to the Angels' minor-league training facility in Phoenix and plans to complete his college requirements later for a degree in sports management.

MLB teams have until July 13 to sign drafted players before losing their rights.

Scott Marple, who coached Scioto from 2007-10, is not surprised by Stamets' success.

"Eric has always had a quiet confidence about him," Marple said. "He was born to play the game of baseball. He plays the game the right way, plays the game hard and you can tell when you watch him that every time on the field he values his opportunity on the field. He's the first guy on the field; he's the first guy off the field after every inning. He always plays the game hard. You can just tell that he loves to play the game.

"With the Angels, they're going to find out very quickly that he is going to be their best teammate."

Stamets was first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference and a third-team Louisville Slugger All-American this season. He led the Purple Aces with a .316 batting average and had 41 runs, 27 RBI, 19 doubles and a conference-leading 30 stolen bases.

He also had a league-high 199 assists and was named the MVC's defensive Player of the Year.

In 2010, Stamets was selected MVC Freshman of the Year and named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Last summer, he was an all-star in the Cape Cod League, a prestigious collegiate summer league based in Massachusetts.

"The coaching style at Evansville was the same that coach Marple preached in high school, so it was a really easy transition for me," Stamets said. "I didn't have to change the way I played. The coaches are very easy to work with and it was a nice transition in to college."

Stamets helped Scioto win OCC-Cardinal Division titles in 2006 and 2009. In 2009, he set program records for batting average (.549), runs (43) and triples (9) while being named OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and first-team all-state and all-district in Division I.

"His senior year he put together the best single season (Scioto) ever had," Marple said. "Just by the virtue that he started for four years, his name is all over (the program's) record book."