|Sweeting has his sights set on college baseball|
Published: May 15, 2012
Life as an American high school baseball player is all about adaptation for Trae Sweeting.
The weather is much cooler on the campus of Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, than it is here in The Bahamas, and there is no crystal-blue water, or beaches, in sight either; but the chances for exposure to college scouts are better. Sweeting has no regrets as his junior year winds down for the Christ School Greenies.
The catcher is batting a team-high .509 and is receiving interest from regional Division I schools like Appalachian State and East Carolina. Both have taken special notice of his time of 6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash. Sweeting was the Carolinas Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year as a sophomore.
“Back home, I was just a raw talent and there were a lot of kids who had the potential to be just as good,” Sweeting said. “If I had stayed, there’s no way I would practice every day like I do here or get the kind of coaching I get from someone like (Greenies coach Pat James), and at a boarding school like this, it’s like I have a baseball field in my backyard. I love that.”
Sweeting found out about Christ School through several other Bahamians, including Ali Knowles, who used his career with the Greenies as a springboard to play for Troy University. Knowles is a college sophomore. Sweeting also hopes to remain in America after graduating from high school.
His father, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Sweeting is the secretary general of the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF), and hopes to see his son play if Christ School (11-5-1) earns a bid to the NCISAA 3-A tournament.
“He never misses a game back home, so it’s hard sometimes,” Sweeting said. “I make sure to talk to him every day and tell him how I’m doing.”
Sweeting has plenty to share. Sweeting was recognized as one of the top players at the Under Armour All-American Pre-season tournament held January 13-15 in Tucson, Arizona. A web site that covered the showcase wrote: “Sweeting is an unbelievable young athlete with one of the best tool sets of any player at the event.”
Sweeting batted over .600 as a freshman at Christ School and over .500 as a sophomore. Most colleges project him as an outfield prospect at the next level due to his speed. James said the number two hitter in his line-up has already been walked 19 times this spring and sees far more off-speed pitches than fastballs.
“Trae has some of the most God-given talent of any athlete I’ve ever been around,” James said. “He works just as hard. As a coach, that’s what makes it such a pleasure to be around a player like him.”