Wyatt Cross remains one of the nation's top baseball prospects despite setback.
KUSA – He’s one of the top catching prospects in the nation. Legacy’s Wyatt Cross is known in baseball circles as one of the best defensive catchers in the country who has a cannon for an arm and has a quick pop time of 1.76.
Wyatt’s final year at Legacy High School should’ve been ‘his’ year. “I don’t think I ever pictured my senior year being like this,” Cross told 9NEWS.
If you look at his stats during his senior season, you’ll notice something is missing. He doesn’t have a batting average.
Cross never stepped foot into the batter’s box last season due to a back injury but he says everything happens for a reason and that he’ll come back stronger. “It was definitely frustrating. There were many times I wanted to be in there and help my team out offensively, but unfortunately, I had to deal with the cards that I was dealt,” explained Cross.
Cross said during batting practice, something didn’t feel right. “It was really painful, and I was like I gotta stop hitting for now,” said Wyatt. “I thought it would be something that we could fix real quick. Maybe a one, two week thing. Then it ended up being a 5 month thing.”
Lisa Cross-Foster, Wyatt’s mom, stayed positive throughout the season. “Every one of the doctors say he’s fine. He’s going to be fine. This is just a skip in the road. He’s 18 years old. He’s healthy. Strong as an ox. He’ll get through this just fine,” said Lisa.
While Wyatt is on the road to full recovery, the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft is in the back of his mind. He knows that there’s a good chance he’ll be selected. It’s just a matter of when, and that carries a variety of emotions.
“Overwhelmed. I think just because I’ve been working my whole life to play professional baseball. It would be extraordinary,” Wyatt said.
If the Legacy star catcher falls on the draft board, Wyatt still has a Plan B. He’s committed to play at the University of North Carolina to become a Tar Heel. Not a bad backup plan.
The 2015 MLB Draft will take place on Monday June 8th beginning at 4pm Mountain Time.
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