Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:50 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jun 18, 2013 7:53 PM
St. Joseph High and Allan Hancock College graduate Jordan Sechler is about to enter a brave new world. The left-handed pitcher signed a professional contract with the Atlanta Braves at his parents' home in Orcutt on Tuesday.
"It's all of the above, excited, scared, nervous. But overall I have to believe in myself to go in there and get it done. It just comes down to playing the simple game of baseball It's truly a dream come true and an honor and a privilege to even play at this level," said Sechler.
The 6-2 southpaw was taken in the 19th round with the 583rd overall pick by the Braves in this month's First-Year Players Draft. The 21 year old was coming off a successful senior season at Cal State Los Angeles where he went 7-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 114 1/3 innings pitched for the Division II program.
After graduating from St. Joseph High, Sechler pitched for two years at Allan Hancock College. He went 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA and was named the team MVP his sophomore year for the Bulldogs. The lefty pitched in 5 games at the Division I level for Arkansas Pine-Bluff his junior year before he transferred to CSULA.
Sechler departs out of Los Angeles on Wednesday for the East Coast. He'll arrive in Virginia, where he'll report to the Danville Braves to play short season rookie ball. The season opens on Thursday.
A scout with the Braves was on hand for Sechler's signing on Tuesday. He also delivered a new baseball glove as a gift. Jordan said he borrowed a teammate's glove his entire senior season at CSULA after his mitt was stolen.
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