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Northwestern's Risedorf to sign with Padres.

POSTED June 09, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

WINSTED: When he saw his name pop up on his computer screen on Friday letting him know that his dream had indeed come true when the San Diego Padres picked him in the 6th round (177 overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft, Zach Risedorf didn’t have a loud celebration, he just tried to soak it all in.

“I was sitting at home watching with two of my best friends, John Lippincott and Ben McGreal,” Risedorf said. “I just kind of covered my mouth with my hand. It took my breath away. It was real.”

Real and surreal for the Northwestern ball player who is now on the verge of becoming a professional baseball player at the age of 18 and who will report to the Padres spring training home the day after he graduates, June 18.

On June 19, he will be in Peoria, Arizona and will sign with the Padres and may be assigned to the Padres Arizona League affiliate, which begins playing on June 20 and ends September 1.

Risedorf had heard from various major league teams. The Padres and Pirates had expressed interest but the range of when he might go was wide.

‘I had heard anywhere from the fourth to the 20th round,” Risedorf said. “It was kind of a pinch me moment when it happened.”

While the exact amount that Risedorf will sign for is something he wishes to keep private, he has put certain previsions in.

“I told them I wanted to have my college education paid for on top of what they were offering me,” Risedorf said.

Based on reports from various sites that track the value of different picks in the draft, the number could be in the $200-$250,000 range but could be higher or lower.

The Highlander catcher had some pretty impressive choices that gave him some leverage with the Pods.

He had already been accepted by the University of Connecticut to play there this fall and was scheduled to play for the Torrington Titans FCBL team as well.

Risedorf batted .485 with six home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Highlanders this spring.

He is believed to be the highest draft pick ever from the Berkshire League.

“While going out to Arizona will be a little foreign to me, I have confidence that I can do what I need to do as I pursue my dream,” Risedorf said.

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