NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It has been a crazy 24 hours for Central Heights' pitcher Grayson Rodriguez.
"My phone has been so busy," Rodriguez said. "My twitter started lagging behind and going slow with all the notifications. My phone was just constantly going off with texts and calls. Instagram was flooded also."
Rodriguez is seeing what it is like for a high school player that is drafted in the first round of the MLB draft. On Monday night, Rodriguez was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 11th pick.
"It has always been a dream of mine to play in front of thousands of people in the stands," Rodriguez said. "It is just something every kid dreams of."
Rodriguez knew Baltimore was interested in him as a right handed pitcher. Still, the draft opens up the possibility of several things happening that could make it go sideways.
"It is the draft," Rodriguez said. "Anything can change at any given moment. i was more than happy when they selected me."
Rodriguez was committed to go play college baseball at Texas A&M but will now focus on his major league dream.
"I am going to go to Baltimore," Rodriguez said. "I have already talked to the A&M coaches and they were happy for me and said go with what your heart wants. I always felt that I was one of the better players and I guess I have proven it."
Rodriguez grew up wanting to be the next Nolan Ryan. Now he has the chance to prove himself. He could do it on a team with another East Texan in Chris Davis.
"It would be special," Rodriguez said. "I grew up watching that guy play. That guy is a great player. That guy can hit the ball a very long way. Funny you ask about him. I met his dad today in a perking lot. I was shopping. He tapped on my window and introduced himself."