After Battlefield left-hander Nick Wells talked with his family and adviser Jeff Randazzo, he decided he’s ready to begin the next stage of his baseball career in the professional ranks. The Toronto Blue Jays’ third-round pick (No. 83 overall) decided a couple of days ago that he would join the organization. Tuesday, he called College of Charleston Coach Monte Lee to tell him the news.
The 6-foot-5 Wells was rated as the No. 119 draft prospect in the country by Baseball America, and he has a fastball that has touched 93 mph and consistently sits in the lower 90s. His curveball has a good break and movement and at times is a plus pitch for him.
“It’s crazy that I am going to play pro ball, it’s a dream come true, ” Wells said. “Last year I was trying to find a college and in a week I sign, that’s crazy.”
Wells will head to Dunedin, Fla., next week for his physical and upon passing the exam he would sign his pro contract for the slot value of $661,800. He would then suit up for the Blue Jays’ rookie-level minor league affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
The 17-year-old said he felt from his conversations with Lee that the coach knew he would sign, and the skipper wished him well as he embarked on the next phase of baseball.
“He was great about it,” Wells said of Lee. “He said, ‘you got the money you wanted and I wish you the best of luck,’ he told me I can always come work out for them and I’m always welcome at the school.”
Wells said he needs to improve his changeup while in the minor league ranks and add muscle and strength to his 185-pound frame that will in turn add velocity to his fastball.
He is the second Bobcats player to be drafted directly out of high school. Right-hander Evan Scott was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2008 in the 37th round.