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Local Players Make it to the Big Leagues

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    Small town player fulfill big league dreams

    It really is every young baseballers dream to one day get drafted by a professional team. 

    Well, last week, that dream cam true for 16 men with state ties, 11 of whom are native Nutmeggers

    The headliner of this group is Matt Harvey, a 6’4” right-hander for North Carolina.
     
    Harvey, a junior from Mystic, was one of the top starters in the country this year. The New York Mets picked him with the 7th pick in the 1st round.
     
    Also picked in the first round with the 49th pick by the Texas Rangers was UConn 3rd baseman Mike Olt of Branford. While Olt was a bit surprised about being picked that early, the Rangers were intrigued by his power and potential.
     
    Those two were the big first-day names, but there were nine other homegrown players picked over the next few days. 
     
    Boston College LHP Pat Dean from Naugatuck.
     
    Florida Southern LHP Max Russell of Orange.
     
    Virginia Tech RHP Jesse Hahn of Groton.
     
    UConn 2nd baseman Pierre LePage from Wolcott.
     
    Bryant catcher Jeff Vigurs, of South Windsor.
     
    High School 1st baseman from Avon Old Farms and South Windsor Tim Kiene.
     
    Mike Fabiaschi from Torrington, a 2nd baseman who attended James Madison.
     
    Tom Bourdon from Northwest Catholic High was drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
     
    Pat Quinn, from Waterford High, who pitched at St. Petersburg Junior College.
     
    Considering how small our state is, this was a pretty good day for our local talent. 
     
    These players defied the odds to fulfill their dreams and truly give hope to all baseball players in the state that with heart and dedication, big league dreams are possible.
     
    Jason Hendry is a director at NBC Connecticut. He is also an avid baseball fan and a high school coach at Hale-Ray High School.