Two recent Mosley grads and state champs set for busy baseball summers
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Coleman Rowan and Jaden Rudd are certainly two good examples of how good players are never standing pat, even after winning a state championship!
Let’s start with Rowan, the Mosley catcher who just helped the Dolphins win the 5A State Championship late last month. Fresh off graduation and that state title, is he taking some time off to celebrate, to bask in it all? Absolutely not. First he played in the FACA All Star Classic a couple of weeks ago. And then he set his sights on playing some elite summer ball before his first year at Lipscomb University where he will play in college.
“So I’m going to play in the Florida Gulf Coast League.” Rowan told me. “It’s a collegiate league and I was lucky enough to be one of the younger guys they selected to get to play with these guys. And I get to move down to Tampa for a short period of time right before I get to go to Lipscomb. And live in Nashville for a period of time. They talk about every summer is the most important summer, but this one I really feel like it is because it’s the preparation right before I go to school.”
As for Rudd, the pitcher and outfielder for Mosley, his summer certainly is going to be spent obsessing about the Major League Draft which is set for mid-July. Rudd certainly has the skill set and the numbers to be a relatively high draft pick, though to narrow it down to a specific round is difficult.
Jaden doesn’t have to worry about a college option, he signed some time ago with Notre Dame, a program that just missed out on going to the College World Series this week. In fact Rudd’s already gone north to South Bend in advance of his freshman season there. Summer courses won’t affect his eligibility for the draft should his name be called high enough for him to perhaps consider signing a pro contract.
“I’m going to take a couple of courses up there, start training a little bit.” Rudd said referring to his summer start at Notre Dame. “And come back down for a couple of days before the fall semester. And then move right back up.”
As for the draft, well Jaden says he’s made his case to the teams, and won’t be concerned about it beyond that. “Pretty much at this point the draft is what it’s gonna be.” Rudd said. “There’s not much anything else I can do with my standing with any of the teams. And I’ve tried not to worry about that at all this season. I just went out there and played. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. I’ll just see where the cards fall and evaluate it when the time comes.”
Rudd hit .397 with 45 runs scored his senior season. He pitched the team to four of its five playoff wins, winding up 7-1 overall with a 1.21 ERA.
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