Cole is beginning to catch the attention of Universities as well, already scheduling visits with several universities, including an SEC power. The schools are hoping they can convince him to go to school instead of declaring himself eligible for the draft. Of course decisions like this are a long way away, and like every teenager, Cole has a mom who has an opinion on the matter, "Obviously, I want what is best for Cole, but it seems that a good education at a great school is an opportunity to learn and grow that he may not get again, there is always time for baseball."
This is where it may get complicated for this prodigy, and where all that has come so easy can get a bit more difficult. There is not always time for baseball. The lifespan of a career in baseball can be incredibly short. Most first rounders are not huge successes in the major leagues. Looking at the past 10 1st overall selections could tell them going to school could be a risky decision, and this is the very best rated high school player, time will tell if he is in that discussion.
Some of the players like David Price or Joe Mauer have had incredible success, others have not even made it to the majors. Others like Tampa outfielder Tim Beckman was drafted in 2008 and has only seen 5 games in the big leagues. It is a major risk for a young star to pass up an opportunity to get a big league contract in hopes that college experience will raise their draft status.
According to Mr Stetzar, the family will cross that bridge when they get there. "Right now, Cole is having fun playing baseball with his teammates. We don't want to add undue pressure on him, we are here for Cole and I am sure if opportunities come about, we'll discuss it as a family. You never know what is going to happen, kids get hurt or lose interest in the game. As long as Cole is enjoying himself, we fully support him."
Cole can't see himself getting tired of the game, "Dad always says to enjoy the moment because I am young and this is the best time of my life. I am a baseball player and I love the game. One day I plan to win a World Series game."
With a 90 mile an hour fastball and a few other pitches under his belt, who knows? Maybe the people of Scranton are seeing something special in the making, or like Cole's dad recommends, maybe they should just enjoy the moment.
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