SECAUCUS, N.J. – After his freshman year, Cody Laweryson knew he could perhaps one day play professional baseball.
“My freshman year in the conference tournament I went four innings, I got a four inning save. That was our biggest game of the year and for coach (Nick) Derba to have confidence in me to go out and eat big innings for the team that just gave me a lot of confidence to keep going out and keep throwing well,” Laweryson said.
A couple years later the Moscow native’s dream came true as he was selected in the 14th round by the Minnesota Twins.
“The support has been unreal you know being from Central Maine you know there hasn’t been a lot of kids that have had this opportunity. It’s just crazy all the support I’ve been getting especially around town,” Laweryson said.
The tall righty refined his game this year pitching to a 2.85 ERA over 72.2 IP en route to an America East first team selection.
“I just put in a lot of work this past summer just trying to get some secondary pitches,” Laweryson said. “I made some pretty significant jumps I would say from even my freshman, sophomore year and especially from last year to this year,” he added.
Laweryson said he still needs to iron out contract details with the Twins and is eager to start the next chapter of his career.
“Just trying to get settled in to you know just playing baseball going out and being at the field literally everyday you know it’s going to be a little bit of an adjustment you know meeting a lot of new guys that are in the same situation that I’m in so that’ll be pretty cool meeting all the new guys,” Laweryson said.
Another Maine pitcher was selected in this years draft as Nick Silva was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 40th round.
Maine’s No. 2 pitcher went 4-6 with a 5.45 ERA and two complete games.