With day two of the 2017 MLB draft in the books, 315 high school and college baseball players were on the receiving end of a dream phone call to let them know they're one step closer to the big leagues.
Colorado Mesa outfielder Bligh Madris received that phone call today.
The Mavs' slugger heard his named called in the ninth round, taken 268th overall, by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Madris was one of four outfielders selected by the organization. In 2017, he was the RMAC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP batting .422 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI's this season. He said it was unreal to hear his name called because it's been something he's been working for his whole life.
"It was relieving most of all," said Madris. "I got a text message that said 'hey you're our next pick' and my heart just kind of dropped and I just thought to myself, wow this is really happening. My lifelong goal and just everything I've been working for is finally coming true... They were telling me how happy they were to have me a part of their organization and how bad they really wanted me. That made me feel at home."
If Madris signs he'll be assigned to the Pirates' short season A-ball team in West Virginia, the West Virginia Black Bears.