Mark Biggs was once a Louisville Cardinal, and he may be again someday. But Sunday, the Warren East grad made a decision to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays and play professional baseball after all.
Forty-four days after he decided to play at Louisville, the 2011 Mr. Baseball winner will instead go with the team that drafted him 259th overall June 7.
“I went to summer school up there and really liked it, but this is something I always wanted to do and it’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Biggs said Sunday.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 185-pound pitcher said he lost contact with Toronto for about a week after announcing he’d stay an amateur. But when talks resumed, he continued to ponder his future.
He said being on campus at U of L made it that much tougher to leave.
“I really liked all those guys up there and it was hard to leave,” he said. “But really, like I said, this is something I ultimately wanted to do.”
Biggs, 18, was 5-0 with 50 strikeouts in 362/3 innings and had an ERA just more than 2.00. He also hit better than .440 to go along with 47 RBIs and 12 homers in helping Warren East earn the school’s first Region 4 Tournament championship since 1988.
His professional journey begins today.
“I head down to Florida (today) to go to their spring training site (at Dunedin),” he said. “Then I’ll come back home until November, when I’ll go to their instructional league and start throwing.”