Parsons fulfills dream, drafted by New York Mets
SALISBURY, Md.- A dream since he was three-years-old, Parkside alum Hunter Parsons heard his name called in the MLB draft on Wednesday.
The Fruitland, Md. native was drafted out of high school in the 40th round by the Cleveland Indians but chose to attend the University of Maryland to better his draft stock.
“Four years ago I knew that professional baseball wasn’t going to happen at the time, I was going to go to College Park and play there,” he said. “I was hoping I would be there for three years, it ended up being four, and then I got drafted.”
Hearing his name called with the 568th pick, Parsons knew that he was bound for the Mets, he just didn’t know when.
“I was on the golf course, I was on the 18th hole, one shot away from the green when I got the call,” Parsons told 47ABC. “After day one, it was pretty certain I was going to go to the Mets. My advisor and the area scout had been talking a lot, so I knew it was going to be them, I just didn’t know what round it was going to be. I don’t think my roads over yet, I’m going to try my best to make the Shore proud and make it all the way up to the big leagues.”
Parsons is expected to start out in Rookie League with the Kingsport Mets in Kingsport, Tennessee.