TAMPA — Before he was a top Mets prospect, before he was an All-SEC baseball player for Florida, before he was a star at Jesuit and Plant, Peter Alonso was just a devastated Ohio State fan.
ST. PETERSBURG — Mike McCullough wasn't much of a baseball player growing up in St. Petersburg. He went to Bishop Barry (now St. Petersburg Catholic) and Eckerd College before settling into his job as postmaster in Ruskin.
CLEARWATER — Bo is back.
A little more than a year after being picked by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2016 draft, former Lakewood standout Bo Bichette is back in Tampa Bay. He made his debut with advanced Class A Dunedin on Monday night at Spectrum Field. He was the DH and batted second.
Player of the Year: Eric Kennedy, Jr., Calvary Christian
Player of the Year: Jordan Butler, Sr., Alonso
North Suncoast Player of the Year: John Oliveira, Sr., Springstead
Brett Phillips' major-league debut was only supposed to last one day. The former Seminole High standout was called up by the Brewers from Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 5 to play against the Giants and pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
CLEARWATER — It's probably the toughest decision an aspiring Major League Baseball player can make — the one to no longer aspire.