Although Brandon Brosher heard his name called many rounds later than expected in last month’s MLB amateur draft, he’ll still end up pursuing his dreams of professional baseball.
Brosher signed with the New York Mets on Tuesday, turning down a scholarship to Oral Roberts University.
“Bottom line: He realized it’s a once-in-a-lifetime shot,” Eagles coach Jim Diven said.
The Mets drafted Brosher in the 36th round and the No. 1,076 pick. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $167,500, according to prepbaseballreport.com.
Some analysts said Brosher could go as high as the fourth round after a standout senior season. He led the Eagles to their first playoff wins in program history and a trip to the Class 6A region finals.
Brosher earned first-team all-Suncoast honors by hitting .451 and batting in 29 runs and throwing a no-hitter on the mound. He played first and third base in high school, but the Mets plan to try him at catcher when he leaves for their spring training facilities in Port St. Lucie on Friday.
“We’re proud of him,” Diven said. “I was one that was hoping he would sign. Not everyone gets that opportunity.”