There’s nothing like draft day for young athletes.
“Really a dream come true. That’s what I worked for all of high school, all of college. It was amazing to finally see it pay off and the feeling of that actually becoming a reality,” said Rookie Pitcher Ben Heller.
“It’s something that you dream about the whole time growing up as a kid. And when you go into high school, and eventually playing in college, you hope it’s something that you’ll eventually be able to work towards. And when you hear your named called and you finally get that chance, you kind of know it’s for real,” Cole Sulser stated.
If there’s any person who knows about fulfilling that dream, it’s 15-year major league veteran and now Scrappers pitching coach, Scott Erickson.
“Looking forward to a group of good, young, hardworking men to come out and learn how to play baseball a little bit better,” stated pitching coach Scott Erickson.
“I don’t have a regular job. I play the job that I love,” said Trevor Frank, a rookie pitcher.
“Obviously, most importantly is winning. Just for me, that’s never going to change, whether that’s in little league, high school, college, or even now in the pros and minor leagues,” stated Scrappers infielder Nick Hamilton.
Making the transition from high school and college ball to the pros is never easy, but manager Ted Kubiak believes that winning and preparing for the big leagues goes hand in hand.
“It’s not difficult for me because I’m trying to teach them to play the game one way. If they do it that way, they’re going to win. So you really don’t even need to talk about it, I think,” manager Ted Kubiak said.
“It kind of goes hand in hand, just your personal development and playing at your best is going to help the team win. I’ve always heard baseball described as an individual sport based around a team, so if everybody is doing their best and working on playing to the best of their ability, it’s going to help the team win,” stated Heller.
“Especially in baseball, the unique thing about it is, unlike any other sport, it combines the individual aspect and the team aspect. So in order to help your team win, you have to be playing to the best of your ability,” Hamilton said.
For many of these Scrappers, that dream of one day being in the majors starts on opening day.