The Holmen baseball team will go for it's third straight
M-V-C title this season.
While they work on that goal....scouts from around
the country will converge on the Coulee Region to
watch a certain outfielder of theirs.
But he says the only thing he's focused on....is his
News 8's Kyle Deckelbaum has the story.
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Holmen is swinging for a championship.
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Rooney 11/30 This is my last sport in High School.
I really want to go out with a bang and I think this
is definitely the team we can do it with.
But you can't blame one senior for thinking about
more than that.
That's because Jeren Kendall is swinging for the major
Kendall 15/40 It's a little different ...
A few months ago .
M-L-B dot com ranked the Holmen outfielder as the
49-th best prospect in June's M-L-B draft.
Kendall 15/40 Went down to California and that's kind
of when I showed them my stuff.
So coming back, having all that notoriety was a little
weird, but you know it's kind of cool.
Rooney 12/28 You see all the publicity he gets and
scouts going to games and him going all over the nation.
it's the real deal.
And I guess Holmen hasn't really had that in a while.
Right now .
Kendall is committed to play at S-E-C powerhouse Vanderbilt
But he could get picked in the 1-st round .
and will have to decide whether to go pro instead.
Kendall 16/20 I actually have a lot of people ask
me that and I just tell them when the time comes,
I'll make that decision because I really have no idea
Whether it's after this season .
or three years down the road .
Kendall looks forward to carrying the banner of big
time ballplayers from western Wisconsin.
Kendall 16/30 It'd be great, just to have a kid out
of Holmen, kind of doing big things like this.
But he's not swinging for the fences quite yet.
Rooney 13/06 It's not like he's ready to move on and
is ready to get to that next level.
He's focused about this season.
He's not worrying about anything else.
Right now .
he's swinging for an M-V-C three peat.
Kendall 15/25 That'd be a good achievement for the
team, having a third year in a row.
But you know we're looking a little farther than that
Jeren is taking tons of advice from his dad .
who played Double-A ball.
This year's M-L-B Draft runs June 5th, 6th, and 7th.
If Kendall gets drafted....he will have until July
15th to make a decision on whether or not to sign
with the club that selects him.
He says he may use that
entire time to make his decision...to
either turn pro...or play college ball at Vanderbilt.