Saturday was a dream come true for Hinds Community College third baseman Beau Wallace.
The former Warren Central star was drafted in the 12th round of the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"It started at about 10 a.m. that morning. I started getting phone calls from different organizations asking me all kinds of questions," Wallace said. "It was shocking to hear from the Pirates, because I went to only one workout with them. Entering the 12 round they gave me a phone call asking if I would sign, and I said absolutely."
The Pirates liked what they saw in Beau. He finished his sophomore season at Hinds CC with a .321 batting average, four home runs and 33 RBI.
Now he hits the ground running. On Tuesday, Beau will fly to Bradenton, FL for a physical. Following the physical, he will be sent to Jamestown, NY where he will sign a contract and begin play with the Pirates short-season A level club, the Jamestown Jammers.
"I'm really, really excited. I don't know how to take it exactly. It will be a long road. The real work starts right now," Wallace said.
While it still hasn't hit Beau yet that he is signing a pro deal, he understands success will come with hard work.
"I haven't made anything yet. There's still a long, when I get to the pros, if I get to the pros, is when I will say I made it. Right now this is just step by step of what I have to do," said Wallace.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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