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Big-league decision looms for former Tribe star Wolfe

Douglas Fritz • Jun 7, 2018 at 9:41 PM

For many baseball players, getting selected to play professionally means an automatic signing.

But not everybody has a scholarship to TCU in hand.

Earlier this week, former Dobyns-Bennett standout Hunter Wolfe, fresh off a standout season at Walters State, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the major league draft. He could have gone somewhere in rounds five through 10, but teams held off because of the TCU commitment.

“I set the bar financially pretty high,” Wolfe said. “I’m excited about TCU. It would take quite a bit to pull my commitment from there. Everything about TCU excites me: the coaches, the program itself, and it’s a special place.

“But I’m keeping my options open.”

THE NUMBERS

Wolfe, a shortstop, was a key cog in the Walters State machine that earned a runner-up finish in the recent NJCAA national tournament. For the season, he totaled nine homers and 66 RBIs while batting .419. He ranked third in the nation in two categories with 41 stolen bases and 88 runs scored.

THE TIMELINE

Wolfe said he has until July 15 to make a decision about signing. But he also said he’s not going to wait that long.

“I have no intention of dragging it out that long,” Wolfe said. “There may be a little bit of negotiating. Once they give me their final offer, it will go quick. It will probably be the end of this week or early next week.”

THE FUTURE

Even if he doesn’t sign, Wolfe said he believes pro baseball is still in his future. He could be drafted after his junior year at TCU, his senior year or both.

“Pro baseball is a big dream of mine,” Wolfe said. “It’s the pinnacle of every kid’s dream who wants to pursue baseball. But I really feel to have the most success I can have in pro ball, I need to become the best amateur player I can be. We will see what happens.”

THIS SEASON

Wolfe said he couldn’t ask for more than being on a 60-win team.

“We accomplished so much,” he said. “Obviously it still hurts like heck that we lost the last one. But once I get over it, I think I will be very satisfied with the way the season went.”

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