AMHERST, N.Y.-For the time being Amherst senior Jonah Heim is set to attend Michigan State on a baseball scholarship this fall. That could change during the Major League Baseball draft next month.
Heim’s dream is to play major league baseball. Heim told Two On Your Side’s Stu Boyar “Just to prove myself. Get seen. Get drafted this year. Go sign and they go play and then prove myself in minor league ball and work my way up.” Sounds like what happens in the draft could have a major impact on his decision.
Heim is a senior catcher and switch hitter with power from both sides of the plate. Baltimore Orioles scout Kirk Fredriksson told Stu “He’s got strong hands which you need to hold onto the ball and hold strike three and he’s ‘s got good blocking skills. He does a lot of things that we look for in a catcher to go to the next level.”
Amherst coach Brian Davis added “His general arm strength just when you watch him play catch before the game, his arm strength, his power at the plate, I think maybe in three years he’s only struck out three or four times, he just handles the bat great and he never tries to do too much.”
Wherever Heim goes scouts follow and he enjoys the attention. “I kind of like it. Its fun to show case myself and to try to prove myself.” Scouts from the Red Sox, Cubs and a number of other teams have all been watching Heim. The MLB Draft is scheduled for June 6 to June 8.