Langley’s 18-year-old Jake Polancic has been drafted to pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Polancic was selected in the 11th round last weekend and said that despite knowing he would be selected early, he was surprised.
“I was expecting to go in probably the 15th to 30th round. But I didn’t want to sit around all day and not go until the 30th.”
He decided not to listen to the drafts, but he heard his mom “freaking out downstairs.”
“She came up, and she’s like ‘Arizona just picked you!’ I was like, ‘You’re kidding me? No way!’, and then she showed me, and I was like ‘That is crazy!’ I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I didn’t expect the 11th round at all.”
He was one of just 16 Canadians picked on Day 3 out of a total of 25 Canadians drafted to play.
“It is pretty special to be one of those 25 guys who got picked. It is an opportunity not many people get.”
Polancic said he knew Arizona was interested. He also said that the Twins and Royals had shown interest in his skill.
He is just one of three Canadians HSers to hit 90s, according to the Canadian Baseball Network.
Starting in baseball at just 7 years old, Polancic described his journey as one of ups and downs, especially his three years with the Blaze.
“My first year trying out for the team I barely made the team. I was one of the last guys to make the team. Then I played for the junior Blaze, and I ended up being one of the better pitchers on the team.
“Last year when I was on the team, I really had to prove that I was a good pitcher and I could start. I was able to do that.”
“This year I had to prove that I was good enough to be drafted, and I was able to perform well enough for that.”
Polancic said he was waiting for his work visa to come through and would then head down to join his new team.
“I have been down there before, and it is nice down there. Nice and warm.”