CM alumni Alex Garbrick reveals future baseball plans
By SCOTT BAKER
Many youngsters dream of one day playing under the bright lights at a big league baseball stadium. Sadly though, most never realize such a dream.
Many things must happen for it to occur. Talent, opportunity, performance and other intangibles must mesh in order for such a childhood dream to become an actuality. One of the key steps along the way is to be recognized by major league scouts and ultimately be thought of highly enough to be drafted by a major league baseball organization.
For local standout Alex Garbrick, that occurred.
In June, Garbrick was drafted in the 40th round of the 2019 MLB amateur draft by the New York Yankees. Garbrick said of that selection that it was, “Really exciting. Hearing my named called in the 40th round by former Yankee Nick Swisher was almost surreal.”
Surely it was also exciting for the young man because the Yankees have long been his favorite team growing up. However, being drafted was just a first step in the local product realizing his childhood dream.
Garbrick was invited to play summer ball for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod league. He spent a few weeks there pitching with and against other top college talent who are pro hopefuls just like him.
Honestly, things in the Cape Cod League did not go as well as the right-handed hurler would have hoped. Despite that reality, he says the experience was beneficial to him because as he said, “facing the best college players in the nation showed me what I need to work on. The competition there is something I haven’t been exposed to on a regular basis.”
Garbrick said that some specific things that he needs to do are to develop a third pitch to go with his big fastball and quality change-up. Additionally, pitch location is something he will continue to focus on.
So with one-year of classroom work and two years of NCAA eligibility remaining at Morehead State University, he was faced with a decision.
Should he return to school and re-enter the draft in 2020 or should he sign a professional contract and pursue his dream now?
He says that ultimately the decision was a bit easier than he had anticipated.
Home now from his Cape Cod league experience, Garbrick has made a decision on what his immediate future will involve. He will return to Morehead and complete the necessary requirements to earn his degree in General Business while playing his junior season for the Eagles. He will then be eligible to be selected by any professional team in the draft next June.
Alex Garbrick’s dream of playing professional baseball has been put on hold but it is far from dead. He will take a bit of a break before returning to school and get to getting better so that he can once again hear his name called.
So, what does he have until next year’s draft…talent, tremendous work ethic, modesty that should be the envy of all athletes both young and old, and a realization that he is without a doubt on the radar of MLB scouts.
For now, he will just keep doing what he loves. He will play baseball with his college teammates to the best of his ability in hopes of getting a call next June from a MLB team. Hopefully when that occurs, all of the pieces will be properly placed and God willing his professional baseball dream will eventually be realized.
Alex Garbrick has talent and perspective. While betting is always a gamble, it would not be much of a risk to say that as long as health is on his side, Alex Garbrick will be a name uttered in front of the MLB world again next June.