The dreams start early for youngsters who love to play baseball. As soon as they're big enough to swing a bat, many begin thinking big, hoping one day they'll be good enough to play professionally. Perhaps even for the most storied franchise in the sport.
Faulkner senior pitcher Corey Black had those dreams. Tuesday afternoon, his dreams became reality. The New York Yankees, with 27 World Championships to their credit, chose the hard-throwing righthander in the fourth round of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.
Black becomes the highest drafted player in the history of the Eagles' program, selected a round earlier than 2009 draftee Austin Adams, who went in the fifth round to the Cleveland Indians.
"This was a very exciting day for me and my family," said the San Diego native. who added that he doesn't yet know where the Yankee brass plans to send him. "I feel very blessed for the opportunity to play for such an elite organization. I'm ready to get to work."
Black, a transfer from San Diego State, recorded an 11-2 record for the Eagles. His earned-run average was 1.53 and he struck out 96 batters in 88 innings of work. With a fastball consistently clocked in the mid-90s, the 5-10, 175-pounder was named the Southern States Athletic Conference's pitcher of the year as Faulkner won its first-ever SSAC regular season title.
"I can honestly say it was a privilege to play at Faulkner, with such a great team," Black said. "I would like to thank the coaching staff and the players for the great experience I had there."
For Eagles' head coach Patrick McCarthy, Tuesday's draft confirmed what he already new - that the ace on his staff had the ability to play at the next level.
"He's one of the most deserving guys I have ever met," McCarthy said. "He worked hard this year in the classroom and on the field. We wish him the best and can't wait to see him in the big leagues in a few years."