For the second
time in Loudon High School history, a graduate is going to play
professional baseball, according to LHS coach Bill Thompson.
Aaron Everett, son
of Kent and Lori Everett, has agreed to terms with the San Diego
Padres on a minor league contract. "It's been real exciting,"
Everett said of the period since agreeing to a contract with the
pro team. "All my family was really happy for me and everything
- they knew it was my dream to come play pro ball."
Everett agreed to terms with the Padres Friday night, according
to his father, and has been assigned to the short-season Class A
Eugene Emeralds in Eugene, Ore. The Emeralds' season will begin
Friday and Everett said he expects to be a reliever for them,
much like he was in college.
The Padres have shown interest in the Loudon grad for a while,
having drafted him in the 38th round out of high school.
Everett, however, chose to head to school at the University of
Since being drafted, Everett said the Padres have shown interest
"off and on for the most part" and the west coast team swooped
him up once he became available again. "I knew the scout . . .
we've kept a relationship through the time," Everett said.
The Loudon grad said he was signed by Padres crosschecker Ashley
Lawson, who is the only person in the organization who Everett
has had consistent contact with. "He pretty much has been the
only one," Everett said.
Everett flew to Oregon Monday night and took his physical
Tuesday and was expected to officially sign his contract Tuesday
Everett graduated from Loudon in 2005 and went on to pitch three
seasons at the University of Tennessee before an arm injury
knocked him out of the 2008 season on April 6. Everett then
transferred to Lee University, redshirted a year and then spent
the 2010 season pitching for the Lee Flames.
While at Tennessee, Everett posted a 3.23 ERA and an overall
record of 8-2 in 49 appearances. He posted an 82:28 K:BB ratio
and picked up two saves. He set a Tennessee record by appearing
in 11 straight games and once pitched in 16 of 23 contests for
He enjoyed even more success once he moved to Lee, posting a
team-low 2.03 ERA with a 60:16 K:BB ratio. He was primarily a
closer for the Flames, recording eight saves on the season. He
posted a 7-6 record on a team that finished the season 52-13 and
placed second in the NAIA World Series.
Everett's high school coach, Thompson, shares his excitement
over the signing. "I know this is a goal Aaron's had ever since
high school," Thompson said. "I feel good for Aaron and his
family because Aaron's a good boy. When he came to high school,
he was just a pleasure to have on the team."
Thompson also said this could help raise the profile of Loudon
High School for the future. "It's fortunate for a school our
size to have anyone ever even have the chance to get this far,"
the coach said. "I think it just helps the overall tradition
because, again, scouts will know to look at Loudon High School."
Everett isn't the only former Redskin to make the minor leagues,
however. Mike White, a 1986 graduate of Loudon High School, was
taken in the first round of the 1986 amateur draft by the Los
Angeles Dodgers. White made it to the Dodgers' Class AAA team
before arm injuries shortened his professional career.
Everett won't be alone out on the west coast either, as Bearden
graduate Brett Basham was selected in the 50th round and will
report to the Eugene Emeralds as a catcher, according to Kent
Everett. Basham and Aaron were teammates on baseball teams from
the time they were 12 years old up until high school. Basham
then went to Bearden and then played at Ole Miss.
The Emeralds are set to open their season Friday at 7:05 p.m. at
home against Vancouver. Greg Riddoch is the Emeralds' manager
and Tom Bradley is their pitching coach. Riddoch was the
manager of the Padres' major league club from 1990-1992.