Broken Arrow native's professional baseball career includes series in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
"Everything I worked for in high school and college came true."
He won a baseball state championship at Broken Arrow High School in 2011. And he went on to contribute as a true freshman on OU's last NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2013. In 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals drafted left-handed pitcher Jacob Evans in the sixth round.
And just as he's done at every level of competition, Jacob Evans appears to rise to the occasion. In his second full season as a professional, the Cardinals promoted Evans to Class AA in Springfield last month.
Springfield plays in the same league as the Tulsa Drillers. This week marked Evans' first time playing in Tulsa professionally.
When asked how it felt going from a spectator at OneOK Field to a professional player, Evans said, "It's a lot different."
"You grow up watching these guys. Then you get out here. I'm 23 years old. I mean some of these guys are 28, 29 but it's just guys my [relative] age playing baseball like I have my whole life."
Not only is Jacob fulfilling his dream of playing baseball professionally, but it's also having the opportunity to play in this same venue where he grew up watching some of these games. Of course, the way things are going right now, Evans could one day be throwing in the Major Leagues.
"To get to Double-A is a pretty big accomplishment," Evans admitted. "I think 33% of minor leaguers make it to Double-A. But there's no real timeline. I mean right now, I think I'm on a pretty good track to get there and just keep getting better. And learn from mistakes. And stuff like that. And just learn from everything and get better every day."
While Evans first professional outing at OneOK Field wasn't exactly what he was hoping for, it was still a really cool experience to be pitching back at home. And if you didn't have a chance to see Jacob Evans for yourself, the Springfield Cardinals will be back in Tulsa for the last series of the regular season; beginning on September 2.