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Dettrich nabbed by Devil Rays
Local Arlington product Joey Dettrich was selected in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 7. The tall left-handed pitcher will receive a signing bonus for his selection as well as paid college tuition.
At first I didnt think I was going to get drafted because I asked for a four-year school scholarship and top 10 round money.
Dettrich was in constant contact with Tampa Bay scout Paul Kirsch who was looking to finalize a deal.
Kirsch said to me, What matters to you more, the round you get drafted in or the amount of money? I told him I thought my price was fair. I thought that would discourage them from drafting me at all. So I didnt expect to receive a phone call.
Kirsch called Dettrich during school hours to encourage him to turn on the radio. A surprised Dettrich did not have access to radio at the time so Kirsch turned up the volume on his own set. Through the phone Dettrich heard his name called out.
I felt a joy like Ive never felt before, said Dettrich.
But it doesnt stop at being drafted for Dettrich.
I plan to take this as far as I possibly can. Ive had so many good coaches who believed in me including Rob Disoteel, Len Lobaito, and Colby Knudson. They kept telling me if you work hard you will have an opportunity. I dont care what round I got drafted in, this is an opportunity. Im excited and my mom was in tears.
Currently Dettrich plays on a Connie Mack team coached by Scott Watson in preparation for the upcoming years.
Its all pre-college kids playing in the most competitive league around. We have 80 games this summer with only one day off. For me, Im the player farthest away from our home games at Edmonds Community College so its a big commitment. But I love the competition and that we play with wood bats. Ill figure out everything soon with the Devil Rays, well discuss money and plans to leave, all the details. All Ive had so far was a phone call.
Maybe its just one phone call, but its the beginning of Dettrichs professional career and the start of something big.