Defying the odds
Former Bellaire-West U Little Leaguers tapped in Major League draft
By Mike Tenney
Statistics and common sense tell us that the odds are nearly
impossible for young athletes to wind up in the pros.
develop over the years from youth leagues and select teams,
through high school competition and college. Could they make
it? The parents whisper, the coaches wonder, the kids dream.
Bellaire and West University selected in last month’s annual
through high school — those impossible, improbable dreams
could be coming true.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, throwing some of
their already stellar plans into doubt with even loftier prospects.
Bellaire resident and recent St. Thomas HS graduate Josh Wolf,
University connections got the call, with Tampa Bay selecting
Lamar HS grad Carson Maxwell, a former Junior College
completed his career at McNeese State, was the third West
U Little League alumnus named when he was taken by the
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negotiated with the Major League Players Association.
The Mets are very high on Wolf because he has an exceptional
curveball and had a big jump in velocity on his fastball from
get to this point. And he’s working hard right now as he gets
ready for what is in front of him. The people that we’ve spoken
his coaches who recruited him and who he would play for,
they’ve been very understanding through this whole process.
innings of work.
will begin his professional career with the St. Lucie Mets in the
their Prospects list.