For this year's Tampa Bay Baseball All-Stars, they're playing out their dream, ready to take their next swings at the next level.
The Bay Area is loaded with Major League talent. There are seven high school seniors ranked nationally in the top 100.
At this point in these seniors' lives, it's all about projections. The difference between these Tampa Bay All-Stars is very subjective in the eyes of Major League scouts. For some, just hearing their names in draft discussions is a dream in itself.
"I'm speechless," said Plant first baseman Pete Alonzo. "It give me jitters when it come to that. It's like inconceivable for me because it's my dream, obviously."
Durant's Tyler Danish maybe the Bay Area's best. It's hard to argue against his number -- one of just two pitchers in the nation to not allow an earned run all year. He also led Durant to the state finals, leading the team in every offensive category.
It's his unorthodox sidearm pitch that makes him an intriguing find. It was the top topic of discussion during his Tuesday's visit and interview with the Miami Marlins
"It went great. The scouting director really liked me. Just the experience of being in a Major League ballpark and doing this as a high schooler, it was a great experience."
Two King players are on the Major League's radar. Devon Pedro comes for a long lineage of Major League talent. His related to Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield, who a have given him pro advice.
"Just play your game," said Pedro. "Go out there every day and give it all you got. They tell me there is going to be some days that you won't feel like playing, but you have to get up and grind it. Just do what you love, that's baseball. They good some good advice."
For most of this year's senior all-stars, they are already in a win-win situation. Either they will be selected in new week's Major League Amateur Draft, or they will be heading to college with full scholarships.
"It's win-win, no matter what," agreed Danish. "I'm just moving onto the next level, which is what I've always dreamed about. It's been a great run at Durant. It's over, but the next level is something that a lot of people wish they could do. I'm glad I'm going to Florida, because it's a great school to go to, for sure."
Tampa Catholic head coach Ty Griffen flashes back to 1988 when he was Tampa Bay's top talent. Griffen was drafted by the Cubs, but went on to win an Olympic gold medal, first choosing college over the pros.
"I think the only advice is the same advice my mom and dad gave me growing up," said Griffin. "You look at the draft. You look at what position and what team takes you and you weigh that against the experience of going and having a four-year career at a great D-I school. It's a win-win situation."
It's a kid's game that's about to make a major impact on the rest of their lives.
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