Over 80 high school players from across the United States participated in this developmental program designed for baseball pitchers and catchers
HIGH POINT, NC — The Triad is filled with all types of talented people, and our high school athletes have been getting a lot of national attention recently.
A Welsh Christian baseball player got a call from Major League Baseball for a trip to Arizona and an experience of a lifetime.
Wesleyan sophomore outfielder and pitcher Domain Vann has been recognized as one of the top baseball players in the Class of 2025.
As the accolades continue to pour in, this year he was invited to Tempe, Arizona for the 2023 Martin Luther King Dream Series.
The Dream Series is an amateur baseball developmental experience designed to diversify the talent pool of black baseball amateurs from across the country.
Over 80 different top high school players from 20 states, including North Carolina, received elite-level instruction from former Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League players, managers and coaches.
“For me it was great to be with guys I look up to and in a few years I can be in the same position as them. I could be playing and teaching the younger generation in a few years. It felt great to be out there” , Vann said.
Athletes were given the chance to participate in interactive discussions focused on preparing athletes for the collegiate and professional levels of the game.
“It’s a window into the professional environment with the idea that we’re inspiring and motivating the kids going into their high school baseball seasons… what we hope they take away is to continue to dream , dream big and dream bold” is how MLB’s VP of Baseball Development described the four-day event.
After completing this four-day skills development camp, Vann hopes to get one step closer to achieving his dreams. However, he knows this isn’t just about his dreams, but the dreams of future generations of baseball players like him.
“It’s great, you don’t see a lot of us in MLB, but I feel like this is a great first step,” Vann said.
Not only did the players get one-on-one instruction from current Major and Minor League players and coaches, as well as some legends from the past. Cincinnati Reds star pitcher Hunter Green invited the kids to his home in Arizona for dinner and to hang out. Green also wrote each player a handwritten letter motivating each of them to continue chasing their dreams on and off the field.