LIBERTYVILLE — It was early in the morning on June 5 when the phone rang at Libertyville catcher Evan Skoug’s home.
On the line was a Chicago Cubs representative. The team was interested in selecting the 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior early in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft later that afternoon. But it never happened.
“If the money had been right, the Cubs were definitely interested, possibly second or third round,” Skoug said. “So were the Colorado Rockies. It was flattering, but I set my asking price really high for a reason. I value education, and plan on honoring my commitment to play college baseball at TCU.”
The Washington Nationals ended up drafting Skoug — the Pioneer Press Baseball Player of the Year — in the 34th round.
“Make no mistake, I plan on playing in the majors,” Skoug said. “That’s what all my hard work has been about. That’s going to be my career, my life. It’s just on hold for now, so I have something to fall back on. My goal is becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft.”Pioneer Press Baseball Teams