It?s every little boys dream and for 19 year old Skyler Southwick of Las Vegas, Nevada that dream is fast becoming a reality. This pitcher has been drafted by Major League Baseball?s Chicago Cubs. Skyler has spent the past three months in Tumbler Ridge on a mission trip with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, putting his Major League career on hold while he completes a two years of missions work.
Skyler started playing baseball when he was three years old. His mom says that he used to sit on the couch and watch baseball games through from start to finish and then tell her that he wanted to play baseball when he grew up. In high school Skyler was scouted by the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamond Backs.
Skyler graduated from high school when he was 17, and wasn?t old enough to go on a missions trip, so he went to college at Dixie State. It was there that the Cubs noticed him and in June, 2003 drafted this potential baseball star whose pitches have been clocked at speeds of 92 miles per hour.
When Skyler is finished with his missions trip he will be returning to Dixie State on a scholarship and then moving on to the Cubs farm team where he will begin his climb to the Majors. Best wishes on achieving your Major League dreams Skyler!