“It has been wild” Former SEMO catcher Keck reflects on draft, looks ahead to new challenge

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KSBI) – Andrew Keck’s childhood dream is about to come true.

On Monday, the former SEMO catcher was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of the MLB Draft.

“It has been wild,” he said. “I mean, I’m hearing from people from grade school that I was friends with in the fourth grade and we just kind of went our separate ways, and hitting me back up on Facebook saying, ‘hey man, congratulations.’ All the coaches, and all my past teammates, it’s just been really cool.” 

Keck said the grind from the low levels of the minor leagues to the top will not be unlike anything he has accomplished already.

“You do it high school. You start off at the bottom the get to the top,” he said. “And then you go to college, and you start back at the bottom and you work your way up to the top. And now I’m back to the bottom, and I’ve done it two times, so I don’t know why we can’t do it three times.” 

After all, it’s still baseball.

“When we get down to it, you know, when you think about it, it really is just going to be baseball and it’s going to be the same game with 90-foot bases, and the pitcher’s going to be 60 feet, 6 inches away,” Keck said.

And baseball is meant to be fun.

“I want to try to put it into perspective and remember that little 5, 6-year-old Andrew Keck that played baseball on Saturday mornings just because it was a fun time,” Keck said. “Although it is technically ‘my job’ now, it’s still just the game of baseball and it’s just fun.” 

The fun begins next week when Keck reports to the Braves spring training site in Venice, Fla., for post-draft mini-camp. After the mini-camp, he will be assigned to one of the Braves’ minor league affiliates.

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