16 year old baseball player Myles Janson is now one step closer to his dream of playing in the Major Leagues.
Instead of starting his A levels, Janson will start his last two years of school 3500 miles away at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland and with it, the chance to play high school baseball in the best league in the state. 5 years ago,like any typical 11 year old, he didn’t want to spend an afternoon out with his mum and stepdad but that afternoon was to change his life.
Stepdad Kevin Macadam had been invited along by old baseball colleagues Gavin and Barry Marshall to watch a game with a view to reforming their old working partnership and putting Hull Scorpions back on the British Baseball map. Macadam took Myles to one side and let him have a go at hitting and eventually they had to drag Myles away from the field as he was hooked.
Fast forward 5 years and through the expert coaching of Gavin Marshall, the only British born and bred player to have played professional baseball, Myles is ready to take the next step in surpassing his coach. “He has the chance to go all the way” states Marshall who went to college in the USA and played professionally for the Dubois County Dragons.
“At 6ft 4ins he’s bigger and stronger than I was at that age and the sky’s the limit for him providing he puts in the hard work required to get to play college baseball and then he will have a chance to be drafted by a Major League team.”In the past few years Myles has represented Great Britain at the Under 15 level competing in the European Championships in Serbia and Switzerland and this year he is one of youngest players in the Northern Baseball League playing for the Hull Scorpions AAA adult team.
A member of BaseballSoftballUK’s High Performance Academy this has further given him the chance to hone his skills. 455,300 high school baseball players vie for 25,700 college baseball spots so Janson will have a 5% chance to get to play college baseball and a 0.5% chance of being drafted by a Major League Baseball team like the Boston Red Sox. Janson, a pitcher for the Scorpions has just turned 16 and throws around the 81mph mark which is above average for his age.
“By playing high school baseball now it will give him the best chance of playing college baseball in two years time and although it will be a wrench for us him being so far away from home, it’s worth the sacrifice as it will be an amazing opportunity for him” said Macadam.
Contact Kevin Macadam on 07802 724223 or at [email protected]
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Photos from Guy Ottaway