Michael Paez's Journey to the Pros
With the 4th Round Pick in the latest MLB Draft the New York Mets drafted Michael Paez, shortstop Costal Carolina University. But Michael’s journey did not began on June 30 at Paez’s field of dreams at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The explosive shortstop from Miami Sunset High, whom both FIU and the University of Miami overlooked, led long shot Coastal Carolina to its first national championship in any sport with a tense 4-3 win over Arizona in the College World Series final.
Holmes bypassed the dog-pile that was starting to form on the mound and ran with no particular direction in mind before accidentally colliding with the 5-7 Paez.“He saw me and slipped trying to avoid me,” Paez said. “He undercut me, and I flipped in the air a couple of times. It was all over Twitter. Everyone was asking me how I didn’t tear my ACL on that, but I had so much adrenaline … I didn’t feel a thing.“I got up, we looked at each other, and we both yelled, ‘Who cares!’ and jumped in the dog-pile.”
The celebration didn’t end there, however:
That capped an incredible month for Paez. He was drafted on June 10, selected in the fourth round by the New York Mets. He is due to take his physical Sunday and is expected to sign his first pro contract after it’s complete.
In addition to the draft, June also saw Coastal go 6-0 in elimination games, including the regional at North Carolina State, super regional at LSU, and in the CWS.
The Chanticleers (55-18) became the first team in 60 years to win the title in their first CWS appearance, matching a feat last accomplished by Minnesota in 1956.
Coastal, which led the nation in wins, represented the Big South Conference — winning the league’s first team national title in any sport. After the CWS, Coastal officially joined the Sun Belt Conference in a previously arranged deal.
Paez, the highest-drafted player on the Coastal team, hit .296 with 18 doubles, three triples, 15 homers, 67 runs scored and 52 RBI in an impressive junior season.“Mike wasn’t recognized as much [in Miami] because of his height,” said his best friend, Mike Perez, a Miami Dade College shortstop. “But the game is changing for short players, and Mike is going to keep changing the game at the next level.”
As a freshman at Coastal, Paez started, but he and the team took its lumps. Paez batted .245 with just two homers, and the team had one of its worst seasons at 24-33.Things got much better last year, when Paez hit .322 with eight homers, and the Chanticleers finished 39-21, qualifying for the regionals.
And then everything came together this year.
“We had a very mature group — a lot of juniors and seniors,” Paez said. “We knew what it was like to fail, and we used that experience and our brotherhood and love for each other.“Winning was great, but it was bittersweet because now we can’t play with each other anymore.”
All that his now history for, now, Michael is a NCAA National Champion & a New York Met.
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