The UNCW baseball season had been over just a few hours when the Minnesota Twins drafted catcher Ryan Jeffers in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday night.
“You go from a real low that day to a real high that night,” Jeffers said about losing to South Carolina then getting drafted.
Jeffers credits the UNCW coaching staff for helping him achieve his goal.
“Coming out of high school as a walk on, just working for everything I got,” said Jeffers about his playing days at UNCW. “Just the opportunity they have given me, and the chances I have had. Busted my butt, and they gave me a shot.”
“Ryan is such a great person, and his work habits are great,” said UNCW head coach Mark Scalf. “He had a goal in mind of getting to the next level.”
Scalf said he thought Jeffers would be drafted, but the coach didn’t know how high Jeffers would go.
“Did we have an idea that he would go this high in the draft? Not before the season started,” said Scalf. “But as the year went on and he was playing well, there was tremendous interest in him on the pro side.”
Jeffers hopes his teammates can learn from what he has done.
“Everything is in front of you,” said Jeffers. “You just have to work for it. If you bust your butt and get after it and chase your dreams, they will come true. That’s my story. I have chased what I have wanted and I still have a lot of dreams in front of me and goals I want to achieve.”
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