By the time he steps on the field for his final high school baseball game, Waxahachie senior Colton Cain will know what is in store for his future in the game he loves.
Cain has been selected to play in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Class 4A-5A All-Star baseball game on Sunday, June 21, at Dell Diamond ballpark in Round Rock.
While being selected for the all-star game as a pitcher, Cain awaits a possibly even bigger selection on Tuesday, June 9.
On June 9, Major League Baseball teams will look to the future, as the first-year player draft will begin at 5 p.m. with the first round being televised on the MLB Network.
Already committed to playing baseball at the University of Texas, Cain said if drafted high enough he would love the opportunity to jump to the professional ranks.
“My expectations are to get drafted. Whatever round it is, it will be an honor. Just to be able to enter the draft is an honor; hopefully I can be a high round pick,” Cain said.
The MLB draft will be a three-day event, as rounds one-three will be held on June 9. Rounds 4-30 will be held on Wednesday, June 10, and rounds 31-50 will take place on Thursday, June 11.
Teams showing the most interest in the 6-foot-3, 225-pound southpaw include the Texas Rangers and their AL West division foe, the Seattle Mariners.
While he is willing to sign with any team who calls on him, he would most like to sign with his hometown ball club.
“Definitely the Rangers. I grew up liking them and its home,” Cain said.
Anyone who has followed Rangers’ baseball knows the team is always in need of quality pitching. Right now the Rangers have the No. 1 ranked farm system in baseball, drafting Cain would only add to the value of the organization.
Should teams pass on him in the early rounds of the draft he said he is looking forward to playing for UT even tough he would have to wait until his junior year before entering the draft again.
“I look at it both ways. If I do not get drafted I will go to UT and get three years of experience and get better everyday,” Cain said. “If I do sign, I still have to get better. Either way I am still looking at time to develop.”
The University of Texas has offered Cain the opportunity to play both first base and pitcher. Three years at UT and the slugger’s draft status will surely rise.
During his senior season at Waxahachie, Cain batted .400 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. On the mound he posted a 2.17 ERA with a 6-2 record in the regular season while striking out 118 batters.
His ability to swing the bat allows him to be a more versatile player and a very valuable college prospect.
No matter the level, Cain said he would like to remain a starting pitcher, but would be willing to change positions to better the team he plays for.
“As long as I am playing, whatever they feel is the best for the team I will do it,” Cain said.
At UT, Cain would have the opportunity to face two of his Waxahachie teammates in Big-12 action.
Boomer Collins currently plays for the University of Nebraska while long-time friend Drew Harrison as signed to play baseball for the University of Oklahoma.
The chance to stand on the mound and pitch to two of his former teammates is something Cain is looking forward too.
“It would be awesome to pitch against Boomer,” Cain said. “I have seen him a couple of times and have asked him what he wants on the first pitch. He says it does not matter but it better not be a strike. We have already started ragging each other a little bit.”
High school days
As soon as he walked into the ballpark at Richard Park in Waxahachie Cain dream of playing for the Indians. Once he entered high school that dream became a reality fast.
“Some of my good memories of high school include the time I hit two homeruns in a playoff game against Ennis as a freshman and of course my junior year as we went to state. Also during my junior year I pitcher a no-hitter against Red Oak,” he said.
The no-hitter against Red Oak was the only no-hitter he threw during his brilliant high school career.
“This year being a senior, living it up and making memories was very special,” he said. “Growing up with the seniors my whole life and knowing I will never be able to do this again was special.”
During his high school career Cain was selected to play on the U.S.A. Nation Team.
“The US team was a big honor,” he said. “Competing against other teams from other countries, not many kids get the opportunity and I was lucky enough to get it. It was a great experience.”
When asked what he will miss the most about high school, Cain paused, and then looked around at the old ballpark.
“Coming down to Richards Park everyday is what I will miss,” Cain said. “When I was a little kid I would come down here, play wall-ball on the locker room wall and watch the players. I always looked up to them and now I kind of stepped into their shoes.”
Cain filled the shoes of Waxahachie High School baseball legends and is leaving even bigger shoes to be filled for Indians baseball players in the future.
“Without my family I would be lost,” Cain said. “They help me day in and day out and never grip about anything. They have made things a lot easier on me.”
With his family by his side on draft day, Cain will have all the support he needs as he will take the next step in his baseball career.
Best HS Moment: I loved going to state, staying in the hotel. Being kind of own our own but we weren’t on our own. The whole atmosphere, and the fan were great.
Miss most about HS: Coming down to Richards Park everyday. When I was a little kid I would come down here and watch the players. I always looked up to them and now I kind of stepped into their shoes.
Miss least: the 25 poles after I pitch
Pitch against: I would like the challenge against A-Rod. I know he would own me but I would like to be able to pitch against him, Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton.