Andrean grad Ryan Dineen was on his way to the ballfield in Edenton, N.C. when he took the call that changed his baseball career.
Dineen, who just completed his junior season at Eastern Illinois and was playing summer baseball with the Edenton Steamers, was selected by the Houston Astros in the 25th round of the MLB First-Year Draft.
"I was on my way to the field her in my summer ball league to get some work in when a scout called me to say: 'We're looking to take you in the next couple of rounds, be ready," Dineen said. "I started talking to my head coach and then my phone starts blowing up."
Dineen will head out to either the Astros Rookie League team or Low Single-A team in Tennessee or New York as soon as a deal is done.
The Astros like Dineen's versatility. He played second base and shortstop as a member of the 2009 Class 3A state champion 59ers, when he hit .448 with 41 runs, 28 RBIs and 20 extra-base hits his senior season.
"They said we'll have you come down and play wherever we need you, short, second or third," Dineen said. "They're thrilled I'm versatile, and I'll play any one of those spots in the game for them."
Last year at Eastern Illinois, he hit .335 with seven homers, 37 runs and 36 RBIs as a junior. The Valparaiso resident was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Tournament team after the Panthers fell in the championship game.
He played summer baseball for the Covington Lumberjacks of the Valley Baseball League in 2011. He hit .350 with 41 runs and 30 RBIs for the VBL champions.
Before Wednesday's selection, he was slated to head to the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League for summer baseball.
Chesterton senior Jake Post was sitting in class during his final afternoon of high school Wednesday when his cellphone rang.
"I knew it was the guy from the Pirates so I ran out and took the call," Post said.
The voice on the other end told Post, a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher who has signed with Ohio State, that Pittsburgh had drafted him in the 29th round with the 886th pick.
"I won't say it was shock, but I was so excited, it actually hit me at that point that, hey, Major League Baseball is an option for me," Post said. "My heart's still racing."
Post said area scouts from the Pirates saw him pitch almost every game he threw this spring so his selection by Pittsburgh was not a surprise.
"I had no idea (where)," he said. "They said anywhere from (round) five on. I was thinking somewhere 30 to 40."
Post said he will talk with his parents before contacting the area Pirates representative in a few days, and hasn't made any decisions.
"School has always been priority No. 1," he said. "But when I got into the major league scouting side of it, it was such a learning process. I couldn't help but think, pro ball, maybe? I'm considering it strongly. It's a win-win situation either way I look at it."
!~ Hillary Smith & Jim Peters