NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Grayson Rodriguez was one of the most talked about East Texas athletes this past school year and the talk will not be slowing down anytime soon.
Rodriguez was selected by Baltimore with the 11th pick in the first round of the MLB Draft. The pick was made from the MLB headquarters in New York. The pick is valued at $4,375,100 according to mlb.com.
Rodriguez will now have a choice to make. This past fall, Rodriguez signed a National letter of Intent with the Texas A&M baseball program. As the 2018 season progressed, more and more scouts were seen at Central Heights baseball games. At 6'5'' and 230 lbs with a fastball that has been clocked in at 97 mph, Rodriguez began moving up the prospect list.
Last month, Rodriguez talked to us about the possibility of being drafted.
"Whatever might happen June this year, it is a win, win situation," Rodriguez said. "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."
There is no guarantee that Rodriguez will be up in the pros but if he can make it to the big leagues he could join East Texan Chris Davis with the Orioles. He would also join Brandon Belt, Chris Davis, Josh Tomlin, Michael Kopech as players from the area playing for a Major League franchise.