Glendora High School baseball player Nick Kaye has a big problem on his hands.
The Tartan center fielder needs to decide between a thriving education at Cal State Fullerton, or a thriving career in professional baseball. Kaye was selected in the 15th round to play for the Texas Rangers during the MLB draft June 10.
For Kaye, 18, draft day is still sinking in. He and his family casually watched the selection show from their home, waiting for what may lie ahead, but have mostly spent time enjoying the situation.
“It took a little while for us to realize that I was selected. We were shocked because we didn’t know who I was going to be picked by,” Kaye said.
The 18-year-old left-hander committed to Cal State Fullerton in October of 2013.
In his four-year career with the Tartans, Kaye accumulated a .331 batting average, 109 hits, 46 runs batted in and 75 runs in 109 games played.
Kay also had a wonderful year with the Tartans team during the 2014-2015 season. After a slow start, Glendora excelled to eventually reach the CIF-SS Division 2 Playoffs this May, eventually falling to the Baseline League’s third-place Damien 8-7.
“Having the opportunity to play pro baseball is something that Nick has wanted from an early age. He was worked extremely hard for many years to have this opportunity and we could not be more proud of what he has accomplished,” said Nick’s father, Jeff.
Kaye is still contemplating where his future will go. He and his family are continuing to discuss what option is best for his future. If he chooses to go with Fullerton, Kaye may decide on a kinesiology or business major.
“I’m very blessed with the opportunities that I have, whichever way I choose to go,” Kaye said.