REV grad Zach Kirtley’s professional baseball dreams about to be realized
By Gabriel Rizk
Redlands East Valley graduate Zach Kirtley has been a starter at St. Mary’s College for the last three years and is projected to be taken in the first 10 rounds of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft.
Zach Kirtley grew up a New York Yankees fan, but spent many a summer night of his youth at Angel Stadium.
It was a surreal thrill for the 2014 Redlands East Valley graduate when he got the call on Wednesday to work out for the Angels as a prospective draft pick.
“It went well,” Kirtley said of the workout. “It’s awesome to have a local team interested and any time you get an opportunity you want to make the most of it, so I made sure I did.”
The Angels are just one of many teams thought to be interested in drafting the junior second and third baseman out of St. Mary’s College in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that begins on Monday.
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Kirtley says he’s spoken with all 30 MLB teams and has been invited to workouts by the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s, the latter of which he attended on Friday.
“It really picked up this year. This is all brand new to me,” Kirtley said. “Out of high school, I wasn’t heavily recruited, I wasn’t looked at by any pro teams. After a few good seasons and a lot of hard work it all came up pretty quickly and it’s a lot of […]