NORMAL (HOI) – Denver, Colorado is the center of the baseball world this week with the Home Run Derby on Monday night and the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. For former Normal West star McCade Brown, Denver is the center of her new world after making her childhood dream come true on Monday afternoon.
The Colorado Rockies selected the 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-hander Indiana in the 3rd round of the MLB Draft Monday with the 79th overall selection.
“I mean, it still doesn’t look real, kinda,” Brown said. “It’s just kind of like, man, I just got drafted and this dream is coming true so, I’m still trying to make it a little bit. Maybe tomorrow when I wake up, I’ll feel like, hey, that just happened but right now it’s still a little unreal. “
With the selection of McCade, his high school, Normal Parkside has now sent double-digit players to play professional baseball, an achievement McCade says happened due to the thriving baseball community in the Twin Cities.
“I think it’s awesome,” Brown said. “It just shows the great baseball that is being played at Bloomington-Normal but also at Parkside and you know what great coaches like Coach Beatty and Coach Hawkins in West are getting ready for these guys to come and help out. with those guys too. I think that shows how good baseball is to play at Bloomington-Normal. “
McCade says he expects to travel to Denver to meet the Rockies this weekend and then begin his minor and professional league career once he officially signs. The slot machine McCade was selected for carries an estimated value of just under $ 800,000 in signing bonuses.