CENTRAL HEIGHTS, TX (KTRE) - Grayson Rodriguez has plenty of options when it comes to what his next move is in his baseball career.
Rodriguez is a stand out on the defending 3A state champions. His work on the mound and power at the plate made him a top recruit for Texas A&M. This past fall Rodriguez signed with the Aggies but now a second option is emerging.
Rodriguez is moving up on the draft boards of several MLB teams. He is a big enough prospect that over two dozen scouts are at every game he pitches.
"For a kid to have 35 plus scouts looking at him every game, it is something special," Central Heights head coach Travis Jackson said. "For him to be at 97-98 mph it is a once in a lifetime thing for a coach in the high school ranks. You never know when you are going to have anither one like that."
At first the scouts were a little overwhelming to the senior that was coming off a surgery on his throwing hand.
"The first couple of starts it was tough," Rodriguez said. "It was a little tough."
Rodriguez was able to block out the radar guns and constant note taking. To him the scouts just became normal fans.
"If I just view them as they are there to just watch the game, I just treat them as fans so that way I can just focus on the job at hand."
Even with all the attention he is getting from Major League clubs from all around the nation, Rodriguez is still just a typical high school senior.
"You would never know there is more popularity to him," Jackson said. "He is just one of the guys. He gets after ot every day on the mound and at shortstop. He does what he is supposed to for us to win ball games."
You won't find Rodriguez worried about his top speed. For him, it is all about winning a second straight state title.
"It is nice," Rodriguez said. "If I get caught up in that then I won't focus on pitching and will throw too hard. It is important to not play to the radar gun because you lose focus on the situation at hand. I just go out there and play my game."
With a high school career winding down, Rodriguez will now need to look closely at what his next move will be.
"Whatever might happen June this year, it is a win, win situation. I am looking forward to being an Aggie. My mother went to school there, other family members went to school there. I talk to my family a lot and they are behind me and support whatever decision I make.The thing about professional baseball is that it is nice and a possibility. It is also important to get an education. It would be nice to have a degree in case baseball doesn't work out."
Rodriguez and Central Heights will take on Hardin this coming Friday and Saturday in a 3 game series for the right to move on to the Regional Quarterfinals.