Colton Pogue’s lifelong dream came true Wednesday afternoon when the Blue Springs South High School grad and former Examiner Player of the Year learned he had been taken in the 29th round by the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.
“Yeah, it was all pretty crazy,” said Pogue, who is playing summer ball in the MINK League with the St. Joseph Mustangs. “I was in the basement of my host family’s home with my roommate and he said, ‘Hey, your name popped up (on MLB Draft Tracker),’ and I was like, “Yeah!’ I guess I’ll always remember that moment when a dream I’ve had since I was a little kid came true.”
Pogue led the Jaguars to their first state final four appearance in 2014, when they finished in third place. Later that year he was named to the USA Today’s American Family Insurance All-USA Missouri Baseball team.
Pogue, who played at Western Illinois, before transferring to Pittsburg State, was a first-team choice at shortstop.
He hit .441 with seven home runs, 15 doubles, 35 RBIs, 43 runs scored and a .784 slugging percentage in his senior season in high school. Pogue was also a first-team all-state choice and the Suburban Big Six Conference Player of the Year.
“I had some success in high school and have enjoyed playing collegiately, and then, I’m fixing some breakfast and found out I’ve been drafted by the Nationals,” said Pogue, who led a 33-21 Pittsburg State team with a .400 average, 10 home runs, 19 doubles, a .494 on-base percentage and a .641 slugging percentage while also contributing 42 RBIs in his just completed senior season in which he started all 54 games.
“I talked to a scout, and we’re getting together to sign a contract. Right now, I think I’m heading down to Palm Beach, Florida, and then I might end up in a rookie league in Auburn, Alabama. It’s all pretty exciting right now.
“My phone has been blowing up since it was announced. One of the first five people to call me was Coach Baier.”
Ben Baier is the longtime Blue Springs South coach who has led the team to two final four appearances. This year, the Jaguars also finished in third place in the final four.
“It’s so cool when one of your players is drafted,” Baier said. “Tyler McKay was also drafted. I was able to get a hold of Colton, but I guess Tyler got a new phone number. And I haven’t been able to talk with him.
“Colton had a great career at South. No one should be surprised he got drafted. The sky’s the limit for him and Tyler.”