Clarence, N.Y.-At one time or another all of us dream of playing a sport professionally. For Clarence righthander Mark Armstrong that dream may come true later this week during the Major League Baseball draft.
Mark Armstrong: Ever since I picked up a baseball bat. Every since I started playing when I was about three years old. I always had a dream team the Yankees of course but at this point I could care less what team it is.
Scouts are very much aware of Armstrong's stuff he throws in the mid 90's. They are always looking for insight into Armstrong off the field. That's where Clarence head coach Dave Smith comes in. He told Stu "He's very focused. He understands that are going to be things that go wrong. He handles those things with a maturity that is commendable and not like most other 18 year old so obviously he's physically mature but in addition he's mentally mature."
Depending on how high he's drafted and speculation has him going anywhere from the first to the fourth round, Armstrong has a decision to make. Use the full ride to play baseball at Pittsburgh or turn pro."I think that's my greatest attribute my family supports me no matter what I do. They understand I want to go play ball and make it to the major leagues. And the same time they value education and I value education." Coach Smith saidwhere Mark is drafted will have a huge impact on Armstrong's decision and his advice to the senior righthander."Its going to depend on where he goes. If he goes where he'd like to go then I'm going to encourage him. And if he doesn't and he falls then I'm going to encourage to go to Pitt."
No matter what happens its a pretty good time to be Mark Armstrong.