A former multi-sport star at Sulphur, Ty Williams focused on his baseball dream after high school.
It's certainly paid off.
Williams signed with the New York Mets on Friday after being drafted by the National League organization in the 35th round on June 8. The Seminole State freshman was drafted by the Florida Marlins out of Sulphur High School in 2012, but went to Seminole to improve his game among a group of pitchers that was one of the best in the junior college ranks.
"I got a lot better up there," Williams said. "I feel like I'm ready to compete at the next level, or at least try to compete."
The 6-foot-2, 195 pounder was the fourth Trojans pitcher selected in the draft this year, joining Teddy Stankiewicz (second round, Boston Red Sox), Williams Simpson (21st round, San Francisco Giants) and Jorge Perez (30th round, Houston Astros).
"Having those guys around you makes you work harder to get into the rotation," Williams said Saturday. "We only had about 2-3 guys that couldn't touch 90 off the mound. We were a pretty stacked staff this year."
Williams was 3-0 in 10 appearances (four starts) for Seminole State in 2013 with a 3.71 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. Williams will report to Port St. Lucie (Fla.) on Monday to suit up for the Mets' rookie ball team. He made his signing official on Friday via Twitter, posting "Officially in the Mets organization! #dreamcometrue."
At Sulphur, he was a two-time All-Ardmoreite Super Team baseball player and was also a Super Team selection in basketball as a junior and football as a senior
"I'm very excited for Ty; It's a childhood dream to have that opportunity," Sulphur baseball coach Corey Cole said. "He has a chance to go make that dream a reality. He's a great baseball player and a great kid. He's well deserving."
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