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On Nov. 26, North Oldham shortstop Connor Heady signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Kentucky.
Unlike most of his fellow signees, this appears to be just the beginning of the decision-making process for the All-State shortstop.
While a roster slot waits for him in Lexington, Heady expects to have another big decision to make come summer — whether to play professional baseball.
Heady believes a selection in the top five rounds of the Major League Baseball amateur draft isn’t out of the question.
“Connor is undeniably a top shortstop talent,” his father Lee said. “The pro guys all seem to be honed in on him as a future major league shortstop. The pro perspective is that they would like to get their hands on him right out of high school and develop him in their system.”
But that doesn’t mean it’s a forgone conclusion.
As Connor weighs his options and June inches closer, Lee suggested that Connor is plenty comfortable donning Kentucky blue regardless of where he’s drafted.
After all, getting the chance to play for a 45-18 squad that plays in the toughest conference in college baseball isn’t bad either.
“Coach (Brad) Bohannon, their recruiting coach, is really good and knows the game,” Connor said. “The guy that runs their offense and defense and specializes in the middle infield, Brian Green, is a really good guy. They’re all really great and UK proved that last year holding the top of the SEC for nine out of the 11 weeks.”
That pedigree as well as UK’s proximity to home expects will make the choice a difficult one.
“The argument from the college side is that he can go play in the SEC for two or three years and make himself a no doubt first round if he’s successful,” Lee said. “We don’t really know where we are with all that. He’s got two great choices a head of him. Either one is a step in the right direction.”
Regardless of what happens, Lee said he’s proud of what Connor has accomplished.
“I’m super proud of him,” Lee said. “I couldn’t be any prouder of him or my other son Quint. Both of the boys have done everything I ever hoped they would do. I’m as proud as I can be of both of them.”
For now, Connor is happy to have the college decision over. In his eyes, getting to enjoy the rest of his time in Goshen is a reward unto itself.
For the sweet hitting, strong-armed middle infielder, that could mean an explosive final season for the Mustangs.
After an All-State campaign as a junior in which he hit .404 with 7 doubles, 9 home runs and 30 RBIs that could be saying something.
A little extra pressure might not be a bad thing. Especially for a player that has accomplished what Heady has.
But after being named to both the Area Code Games and the East Coast Pro Showcase — prestigious showcase drawing hundreds of major league scouts— playing in a handful of major league stadiums across the country and representing the United States as a member of the U18 team that won a gold medal last summer in South Korea, Heady’s current goals are a little more reserved.
He just wants to go back to the state tournament with North Oldham one more time.
He’ll get to start that journey soon enough.
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