Even though he has the bulk of his final high school baseball season ahead of him, Clare senior James Baer knows he’ll be moving on to the next level. Baer, Clare’s starting catcher, recently signed a letter of intent to play for Delta College.
“It’s a good feeling knowing all your hard work has paid off and that your school is paid for,” Baer, who could also play first base in college said. “They saw me at a camp and invited me for a visit and I really liked what they had to offer.”
Delta, a member of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association is currently 9-8 this season and second year head coach Dan Smith seems eager to get Baer in his program.
“We’re very excited to have signed a talented player like James and feel that with his offensive skills and the ability to play multiple defensive positions he will have an immediate impact on our 2014 roster,”Smith said. “His strong, accurate arm behind the dish and his plate presence on the offensive side are both attributes that really stuck out for us.”
Baer batted .466 last season with three home runs and 34 RBI. His high school coach feels he can be just as good at the next level too.
“He is a class baseball player that always works very hard,” Clare head coach Skeet Colosky said. “Every single day he comes to practice, he’s working to improve his skills. He’ll be a good fit for Delta because he can go right in and play right away. Chances are good he’ll be able to hit at that level too.”
Baer, who plans to study business sports management is hopeful as well.
“I’m hoping to start in one of those spots (catcher or first base),” he said. “Hopefully I will stand out and put myself out there for division one coaches so I can transfer somewhere after two years.”
Even though he knows college baseball awaits, Baer isn’t letting that distract him from his final high school season.
“I want to win conference and make a big run in the playoffs,” He said. “I think that would be a good end to my career.”