With the 177th pick in the sixth round of the MLB Draft the San Diego Padres chose Northwestern catcher Zach Risedorf.
“My heart is racing, I don’t have no words,” Risedorf said, shortly after he was taken.
Risedorf was at home watching the draft when he was drafted and shortly after got a call from the Padres.
“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime,” he said. “I am blessed to have it, not a lot of people get it.”
The Padres had expressed interest in Risedorf, being one of the teams to invite him to a workout before the draft.
“They told me, early to mid-rounds,” he said.
After he was drafted his phone didn’t stop ringing.
“My phone actually died,” he laughed. “It was blowing up with calls from coaches, friends and ex-coaches. Everyone has been very supportive.”
He even heard from his summer team, the Torrington Titans, who were in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, playing a game. Risedorf hasn’t even played a game for the Titans this summer, so far.
“The guys on the Titans were very supportive,” he said.
His parents Shane and Diane were also very happy for their son.
“They were ecstatic, crying tears of happiness, my dad is elated,” Risedorf said. “It’s good to see all the hard work pay off.
This season Risedorf hit .485 with 33 hits, six home runs, 19 RBI scored 31 runs, two doubles and two triples, while being one of the best defensive catchers in the Berkshire League and helping the Highlanders to the second round of the Class M state tournament.
Risedorf is committed to play baseball at UConn next season and hasn’t made a decision to go to Storrs or to sign with the Padres.
“I will talk to my parents and my college coaches,” Risedorf said.
He was the 14th catcher drafted in the first-year draft.