ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Jordan McFarland says he is already in a win-win situation. Inside the top 100 baseball prospects in the country, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear his name in the June, Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
“If anything happens other than that it’s just a bonus to me,” McFarland says. “Regardless I get to play baseball, which is all I want to do since I’ve been a little kid. You know when that time comes I”ll just play it by ear.”
McFarland’s senior season is also his first at Waterloo High School. In the time between McFarland’s last at bat with Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, he has accepted a scholarship to the University of Arkansas, awarded by Perfect Game as an All-American, and named 17-U National Player of the Year.
Waterloo coach Mark Vogel says in just one season, the transfer outfielder has already made quite the impression.
“He’s got an even keel,” Vogel says. “He doesn’t get to low, doesn’t get too high and so he’s been a great addition for us. His attitude actually rubs off on our other kids. He’s really good for the whole group.”
In 25 years of coaching Vogel says there has been nobody else like McFarland.
“Factor in everything from the athletics ability, the work habits the effort level he is probably the most talented kid I’ve coached in 25 years,” Vogel says.
Both Vogel and McFarland indicate Jordan’s parents as reasons for his success.
“I think the most important person in my life is my mom,” McFarland says. “And my dad, he’s been throwing to me since I’ve been in grade school and I just couldn’t be more appreciative for the job they’ve done with me.”
“They do make sacrifices and they want to see their kids succeed and to me that is a big part of it,” Vogel says. “Baseball has become a game that involves a lot of travel and it involves a lot of expenses and mom and dad make a lot of sacrifices to get their kids opportunities.”
McFarland says his mom even had to take a second job to afford travel expenses for his summer team, the St. Louis Pirates.
“I”m just lucky to have my mom,” McFarland says. “She is so supportive of what i do. I could say ‘hey I want to go be something at a completely different school and she’d probably support me and she has always just been awesome.”
Waterloo still has it’s sights set on a post-season run this Spring. The Bulldogs are 13-4 and ranked as the No. 9 small school in the area, per St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
As for life and baseball after high school, McFarland says he’ll worry that when he gets there.
“I want to play this game a long time,” McFarland says. “And you know the ultimate goal is to get up there, but the steps that I take to get up there can vary. Regardless of how I get there I just want to be successful and each stage for sure.”
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