Cubs Draftee Heading to Vanderbilt
Rhett Wiseman was selected in the 2012 MLB Draft and went to his high school prom all in one week.
The Chicago Cubs selected Wiseman in the 25th round with the hopes of convincing Wiseman to begin his professional career.
However, Wiseman says he’s made up his mind to continue his baseball career at Vanderbilt University.
“I’m 100 percent going to Vanderbilt," Wiseman said. "My family and I sat down to choose a number and depict a number to keep me away from school that would be high. My parents left the decision up to me but made sure I knew with a high number that I would be OK going to school."
Wiseman fell in love with Vanderbilt due to its excellence both in the classroom and on the diamond.
“The one school in the SEC off the charts academically is Vandy," said Wiseman. "My family values education very highly. They are top notch in both academics and baseball."
The outfielder out of Buckingham Browne & Nichols High School led the team with a .444 batting average, eight home runs and 24 RBIs.
Baseball America rated Wiseman as the 136th best overall prospect, and many scouts believe he is the best prospect in the New England region.
Although Wiseman was drafted lower than projected, he still felt extremely humbled to hear his name called.
“It’s probably the most humbling experience of my life," Wiseman said. "It’s tough to put into words. You work your whole life as a player to get drafted."
Wiseman also understands the significance of getting drafted by the Cubs organization.
“I could talk to you about the organization for hours,” Wiseman said. “The people that run the organization from the top down are class acts. They are one of the most influential and popular organizations in the country. It’s amazing to get drafted by the Cubs.”
Wiseman will continue to get at-bats this summer on the Brockton Rox – a futures league in New England. The Rox will play 56 games with wood bats, and Wiseman projects he will get about 250 at-bats in the league, allowing him to mature even more as a hitter before playing fall ball with Vanderbilt.
Wiseman understands the importance of continuing his hard work and has lofty expectations for when the draft rolls around for him next time.
“I want to be a top-30 talent, which will help me get through the minors quicker," he said. "College will definitely help me mature as a person and as a ballplayer.”