Scott Blewett committed to play baseball at St. John’s in 2012, well before the Royals drafted him Thursday night in the second round.
Although it’s been just a few days since the Royals called his name at the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, he seems to have decided his immediate future plans.
“I think I’m going to sign and play pro ball,” Blewett told The Star.
According to Baseball America, the 56th pick is slotted at $1,003,200, so Blewett has a chance to be a millionaire just a few months after turning 18.
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Blewett, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-hander, said he couldn’t be happier to be chosen by the Royals.
“It was probably one of the best moments of my life by far,” he said.
There have been plenty of good moments for Blewett. According to Syracuse.com, Blewett had a 1.01 ERA with 195 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings at Baker High School in Baldwinsville, N.Y.
“A big, big power arm,” said Royals scouting director Lonnie Goldberg. “A Chris Carpenter, Roy Halladay-type body and projection. Been up to 95 mph, good breaking ball.”
Blewett said he’s reached 96 mph with his fastball, but usually works around 90 to 94 mph. He throws a four-seam and two-seam fastballs, a change-up and a curveball.”
“The curveball is a good pitch when it’s on,” Blewett said. “I need to work on it, and the same with the change-up.”
Blewett missed time this spring as a precaution.
“I just felt some tension and soreness in my shoulder, and I didn’t want to risk anything,” he said. “There are a lot of injuries going around. I didn’t want to make something bigger than it was, so I took some time off, took a little break, had my arm checked out. It was nothing serious. I was back throwing three days.”
According to the New York Daily News, Blewett visited Tim Kremchek, the medical director for the Cincinnati Reds.
Blewett said the muscles in the scapular region of his back needed to be strengthened and expects that to happen in the next month or two.
If Blewett is anything like like his favorite player — Tigers ace Justin Verlander — it would be unwise to think that would slow him down.
“I like the way he carries himself on and off the field, the way he pitches,” Blewett said. “He has a really good idea for what he’s doing, and obviously he’s one of the best pitchers in the game.”
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