A fifth member of the 2013 Waxahachie baseball team has signed to continue their career by playing college ball.
Outfielder and part-time pitcher David Villarreal will keep playing the game he loves at Brookhaven College, which is located in Farmers Branch.
“I’m pretty excited and glad to get to play baseball some more,” Villarreal said. “Getting a chance to play college baseball has always been one of my goals. It’s what I love to do.”
He’s already done some apartment shopping with his college roommate, who will also be a baseball player at Brookhaven. The school is only about 40 miles from Waxahachie, so his family can definitely still make his games.
“I’m excited about getting a new place to play,” Villarreal said. “I’m not real sure where they want me yet, but I’ll be ready.”
Villarreal hasn’t had a summer job and he’s been working out and playing in some other summer baseball leagues to get ready for the college game. He will be sticking to the outfield and probably hitting in the middle of the order in college like he did in Waxahachie.
“I’m ready to play anywhere in the outfield, but my pitching days are over,” Villarreal said. “The coach said he liked the way that I handled the bat and he liked how disciplined I was at the plate.”
Villarreal had one of the best eyes on the team this year as he was one of the team leaders in walks. Usually if he didn’t swing at a pitch, it was a ball.
“I’m still trying to get faster and better, but I’m going to stay disciplined at the plate,” Villarreal said. “I know that is a big part of my game and I think it will just get better at college.”
During his senior season, Villarreal had a .430 slugging percentage and he was second on the team with three home runs and was tied for third with 20 RBIs. Defensively, he made just one error in right field all year and had six outfield assists.
One of the most exciting things about Villarreal playing for Brookhaven is that he will get to play in the same conference, the Metro Athletic Conference in the National Junior College Athletic Association, as 2013 classmate John Castellanos.
Castellanos recently signed to play for Cedar Valley College, which is in Lancaster.
“I’m pretty pumped to play against him,” Villarreal said. “CVC also has Cody Brown, who graduated from Waxahachie two years ago.”
Villarreal plans on playing his two seasons at Brookhaven then see if he can move on to an NCAA Division 1 school.