SPORT: BASEBALL HOMETOWN: WEBSTER, TEXAS COLLEGE: DUNCAN MAJOR: ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COACH: WAYNE GRAHAM
Zachary Esquivel started playing baseball when he was 3 years old, and 17 years later, he is still …
It became something of a distraction at Reckling Park this season. Every time John Duplantier ’17 was scheduled to pitch, a parade of scouts lined up for the best seats. With Major League Baseball’s draft looming, representatives from big league teams around the country wanted a good look at the fireball pitcher.
Even more distracting than their seat selection was the synchronized scouting routine they performed during games. In unrehearsed unison, they brandished radar guns like the ones used in highway patrol, repurposed to track pitching speed. The “Reckling Park speed trap” reinforced what their trained eyes had already told them: Duplantier has the strength, aptitude and confidence to pitch professionally, and maybe even at the elite level in the major leagues.