Michael Odenwaelder goes to O's in 16th Round of MLB Draft.
Former Torrington Titans and Wamogo HS star Michael Odenwaelder was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th Round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.
TORRINGTON: It just got real for former Wamogo High School star, Michael Odenwaelder as he was been picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th Round (493 overall) of the 2015 Major League Draft.
A young man who we have been following since his days of dominating on the diamond, hardwood or soccer field is going to get a chance to live out his dream of being a professional baseball player.
“It’s kind of a relief right now,” Odenwaelder said, “I’ve been glued to the screen all day.”
As a junior at Amherst College, Odenwaelder just came off another stellar campaign that saw him earn his second consecutive NESCAS Player of the Year award thanks to a .380 batting average that included seven home runs and 38 RBI’s. He posted a .590 slugging percentage and 63 hits.
Odenwaelder will have a chance to join the same organization as former teammate, Conor Bierfeldt as part the O’s family.
Both players were stars at the respective high schools (Bierfeldt at Torrington) and at Fuessenich Park as members of the Torrington Titans in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Odenwaelder had planned on playing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with the Newport Gulls but had not reported, hoping this day would come.
Where did he think he was going?
“I had pretty much felt it was going to be the Orioles most of the time,” Odenwaelder said, “I actually did workout down at Camden Yards on the first of June. It was pretty cool because there were only five guys there. So it was them and the Sox, the Red Sox had expressed quite a bit of interest in me. They were probably going to take me in the next couple of rounds if the Orioles didn’t take me.”
Former Torrington Twister general manger, Kurt Fredriksson, now an area scout for the Orioles, has had his eye on the big right handed bat who also spent time on the pitching rubber during his high school and college days at Amherst.
“We drafted a good athletic baseball player that also is a terrific young man, Fredriksson said, “We are excited to get him going and were glad he was still available in that position.”
On his way to an MVP campaign a year ago in Torrington for the Titans, Odenwaelder tore up the FCBL with a .370 batting average that included seven home runs and 49 RBI’s in 48 game. He banged out 67 hits and finished with a .586 slugging mark as well.
After hearing his name called at home with his family around him, Odenwaelder heard from the man who pushed to have him drafted.
“Kurt Fredriksson called me and congratulated me and said he would call with more information after the draft,” Odenwaelder said, “I have to sign a contract at some point and take a physical.”
Waiting is no question the hardest thing to do in these situations but after a two day wait, the former Warrior got some clues on Wednesday as to what was going to happen.
“My advisor told me to expect to go around the mid-teens,” Odenwaelder said, “I got a call about a half hour it happened to let me know they (Orioles) would be taking me within the next couple of rounds.”
So another local gets a chance to live his dream.
The road trip to Camden Yards is already in the works for LCS. One of our favorite ball parks may just end up being the home of two of our own.
Congrats Michael. See you in the pros!