Just when Lake Orion senior Nick Deeg thought his day couldn’t get any better, it did.
Deeg had left the field at Rochester High School after helping lead his team to a pair of wins and a Division 1 regional title, when older brother Josh gave him a phone call.
Josh called to tell Nick that not only was he taken in the Major League Baseball draft that started on Thursday, but he had been taken by the hometown Tigers in the 37th round.
A short time after he talked with his brother, Nick Deeg then saw he had a missed call, and it was from a Tigers scout.
“I was like, ‘Wow, I better call this guy back and see what’s up,’” Deeg said.
Deeg then had a conversation with the scout, who said the organization would monitor his progress this summer and if all went well, would present an offer to sign.
Deeg has signed to play in college for Central Michigan, but like any player who gets drafted, will be tempted to forego college if he gets a tempting enough offer to turn pro right away.
“It feels great,” Deeg said. “All my hard work has paid off. It’s been my dream ever since I picked up a baseball to get drafted. My wish finally came true and we’ll see what happens.”
The Tigers do have a chance to see Deeg when Lake Orion faces Birmingham Brother Rice in a state quarterfinal on Tuesday at Saline, but odds are Deeg won’t pitch since he threw 112 pitches on Saturday in a regional semifinal win over Hartland.