- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Xaverian senior catcher Elvin Soto is still in shock.
Soto can’t figure out for the life of him how -- in 50 rounds -- he wasn’t drafted.
“It’s really disappointing,” said Soto, who at one point had heard from scouts that he’d be selected somewhere in the top eight rounds of the MLB June Amateur First Year Player Draft. “It’s hard to wrap my head around it.
“But I can guarantee you this: I’m going to get drafted. In two-three years, I’m going to get drafted.”
Soto thought he might be headed to rookie ball after his high school baseball career ended. Instead, he’ll be headed to the University of Pittsburgh, where a full scholarship awaits.
“I’m excited,” Soto said. “I’m gonna go in there with a strong mind and just use this as a minor bump in the road. Going from being thought of as a top prospect to not being drafted, I’m going there with this fire in me. I’m very upset at myself. I’m just gonna have to use all that to better myself and push myself to the extreme.”
Soto said he was paying attention to the June 6-8 draft -- especially on Day 2 -- on his computer. But by Day 3, he stopped. And by the time it was over, he was devastated.
“I was the top prospect in the city. I’ve represented my country,” Soto said. “It sucks.”
Soto’s high school career will end on Friday, when the Clippers (20-2) take on All Hallows (17-8) in the CHSAA Class “AA” Tournament championship game. And Soto is going to do everything he can to go out on top.
“I’m just going to use what happened as motivation,” Soto said. “It’s my last game, and I want that ring.”