"He was just hollering and screaming, and couldn't believe it," John said. "The whole family, we're all excited."
The elder Shelby found out about his son's selection first and informed Jeremy of the news himself. After listening to all of Day 2 without being drafted, Jeremy was frustrated and decided not to listen to Day 3. So after the Orioles called his dad to ask a few final questions before making their decision, the proud father called to give him the news.
"They had asked me about him and I told them, gave them a little bit of information on his season. They said his name is on the board and they said, 'We're going to take him,'" John said. "So I called him and let him know. I thought he would know, but he didn't know."
As a fifth-year senior, Jeremy hit .360 (68-for-189) with six homers and tied for the team lead with 42 RBIs. He was also tied for second on the team with 21 steals (in 24 chances) and posted a stellar .983 fielding percentage in center field. His excellent season helped the Tigers win their conference title for the first time in 25 years.
"Being a senior, he just wanted to the opportunity," John said, "so I'm very excited and he's very excited about it."
Another Shelby offspring, John III, plays center field for White Sox affiliate Double-A Birmingham, batting .235 with four homers and 15 RBIs for the Barons this season.
Noah Rosenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less