Cary High graduate Cory Harrilchak will be returning to Wake County this weekend as the Mississippi Braves visit the Carolina Mudcats.
Harrilchak, who is batting .258 with 10 home runs and 54 RBIs, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft and has since worked his way up to the Braves' double-A affiliate.
After two seasons of junior college baseball and two more at Elon, Harrilchak was made a 10th-round selection by Atlanta. Harrilchak is an unusual story -- lightly recruited for baseball (he hit .480 his senior year) and known more for his wrestling prowess (4-A runner-up at 145 pounds, 152-13 career record).
The Mudcats and Braves will play a five-game series starting Thursday and going through Monday. They will be the final games of each team’s season.
Harrilchak was to be joined by fellow Cary classmate Andrew Wilson -- who was also drafted by the Braves in 2009 -- this weekend, but Wilson was optioned down to single-A ball yesterday.