Wisconsin's next superstar? Waukesha's Jarred Kelenic drafted 6th overall by Mets
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- There are 750 active players in major league baseball. Not one of them went to a Wisconsin high school. Jarred Kelenic plans to change that soon. The Waukesha West centerfielder was just drafted 6th overall by the New York Mets.
"Once I heard my name I was extremely happy. I put so much into this, my family put so much into this. It's just a sign of relief that I have a home now," said Jarred.
Kelenic is considered one of the best hitters of the draft. He'll be the first to tell you he worked to get there. Kelenic graduated high school early so he could dedicate more time to training and the batting cages.
The 18-year-old phenom knows exactly what he wants. He's already decided to sign with the Mets instead of playing at Louisville.
"Going to such a great organization like the Mets, I couldn't pass it up."
"It was a dream come true for him. As a parent you want him to go somewhere where they will embrace him and welcome him and want the best for him. The Mets have been throughout this whole experience," said Jarred's parents Tom and Lisa Kelenic.
Joining the Mets means more than just a $5 million payday. It means that this is Jarred's life now. All baseball, all the time.
"When people say this is your job well I've felt like it's my job ever since I was young. Because this is what I've wanted to do since I was young. I don't think there's any reason I shouldn't be a Hall of Famer someday," said Jarred.
The last Wisconsin player to make the Hall of Fame was Al Simmons. He retired in 1944.