Danny Edgeworth was trying his best not to pay attention to the MLB Draft. He got up on Wednesday and had breakfast with his father before he went to work. Then he went down to Atlanta with his mother to meet his brother for lunch.
Shortly after Edgeworth got back from the city, his phone started lighting up as the GroupMe shared by his baseball teammates at Mercer buzzed with messages. They were about Edgeworth, and the senders seemed excited. He then got a call from a number with a Colorado area code.
That was confirmation that Edgeworth had accomplished a long-time dream. The Lambert alum was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 23rd round of the draft on Tuesday, making him the first Longhorns product to be drafted.
"I've been playing this game since I could walk, pretty much, and this has been the number one goal," Edgeworth said. "And to finally achieve it has been pretty amazing."
Edgeworth was hoping to get drafted, but he had no idea when it would happen, apart from a general expectation that it would be the draft's third day, between round 11 and round 40. He had been in contact with a number of teams beforehand, but not the Rockies.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound infielder, just finished an accomplished career at Mercer University, where he started 183 out of the 205 games he appeared in the past four years with 136 runs scored, 36 doubles, 24 home runs and 133 RBI. Edgeworth was a starter the past three seasons during which the Bears won three straight Southern Conference regular season titles.
This past season was Edgeworth's best yet: he established career highs in batting average (.332), on-base percentage (.421), slugging percentage (.519), doubles (14) and RBI (46) to go along with 38 runs scored and eight home runs.
Edgeworth is set to fly out to Boise, Idaho on Sunday to get a physical and then join the Boise Hawks of the short-season Pioneer League. The grind of minor league life lies ahead, but Wednesday, at least, has been filled with elation, along with some disbelief.
"I was just freaking out," Edgeworth said of hearing from the Rockies. "Like, 'Wow, this is real!'"
Brian Paglia contributed to this report.