Posted: 5:11 pm Thursday, June 7th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Former Trinity Christian catcher Phildrick Llewellyn was disappointed with the draft, but the Arizona Diamondbacks made him happy afterward.
Pending a physical, he’ll sign a pro contract with the club, which chose him in the 13th round (423rd overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft.
“It’s 125,000 and I get my college paid off,” Llewellyn said. “That’s the main thing that made me sign. I get to play out my dream of playing baseball, and if anything happens, knock on wood, I still get to attend college and live a great life.”
Llewellyn, who had a scholarship to Florida International, will on Friday leave for the Diamondbacks’ spring training home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
As a senior, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound catcher hit .373 with five homers (best among small schools players) and 21 RBI.
Watching the draft on Tuesday was a roller-coaster for Llewellyn, who expected to be selected earlier than the 13th round. “I think out of the 18 years of my life it was the most depressing time,” he said. “It was so stressful. You thought you were supposed to be taken earlier, and everyone is sitting there waiting. It was a great experience, for sure. It had its ups and downs though.”
Llewellyn, who lives in Boynton Beach, moved to Palm Beach County four years ago from his native Curacao. He lived with a host family until last year, when his father, Philbert, moved to help him prepare for the draft. His sister, Philny, is a standout softball player for Trinity Christian.
“As much as it was my dream, it was his dream too,” Llewellyn said. “When I was drafted, all he could do was just bawl out and cry. It happened, you know?”