Well this is my first blog post for Viper. I came to the company after a trial batting practice round in Everett, WA. I am a small town kid from Chillicothe, Illinois and I have always been in love with the game. My goals were never ones that were easily attained and often required steps I didnt plan on or want to take. I went to Illinois state university out of high school as a preferred walk on, like I said not always the plan but that is how I got my college opportunity. After red-shirting due to an injured shoulder I decided the best route would be to transfer to a jr. college to make sure i get at bats and a lot of playing time. I transferred to Parkland Jr. College and that is where my baseball life changed. I learned how to grind when there was no glamour and to love the game when you had no cool gear. I grew as a person because I realized things weren’t just given out, you had to work and take them. I got the opportunity then the next year to play at the University of Illinois for two years. This was awesome, I loved the guys,coaches, classroom, and everything that was part of my Illini experience. My red-shirt sophmore year (jr year) i was drafted in the 26th round by the dodgers, way later than I wanted or expected to be. I decided to return to school and then as a red-shirt junior i was drafted in the 15th round by the Diamondbacks. I was thrilled, got on a plane the next morning and was off to Arizona.
My path was one without fame and major success, but I did get the opportunity to play at the professional level which was always a dream. I believe that The Lord had written a perfect plan for my college career and I believe one is already written for my professional career as well. I am pumped to grind everyday and keep working towards a goal.