It’s very interesting how professional baseball scouts evaluated Sulphur Springs graduate Colby Suggs.
Before his blazing 95 mph fastball was mentioned. They talked about his character. His bulldog mentality. How he’s a tough competitor that doesn’t shy await from responsibility or a leadership role.
That’s high praise from scouts who look at young athletes by the dozens and grade their talents for a living.
While it might seem like a meat market looking at player-after-player. It’s ironic they can put away the radar gun for just a moment and recognize a good person.
Someone like Joe and Kerry’s son - Colby.
Suggs set a save record this year at the University of Arkansas, notching a save in a record 13 games for the Hogs. He struck out more than a batter per inning. But his friends and teammates will remember just as fondly how good a person he is.
In this ‘me’ generation, where everything is on the internet, Suggs is the real deal in person.
He was drafted by the Miami Marlins with the final pick of the second round. They got a bargain.
For Miami, No. 73 was a Competitive Balance Round B supplemental second-round pick that was part of the trade that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers last July in exchange for Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn.
Suggs turned heads with success not only at Fayetteville, but in the Cape Cod League. There he pitched against the top players in the nation who were swinging wooden bats.
Once again, he passed the test and was better for the experience.
Then back to Arkansas for his junior year and the 6-foot, 225-pound hurler got another honor. He was one of the players listed as co-captain.
A tribute of respect not only from his teammates, but coaches.
If you ever got the privilege of being around Colby, you’d know he gets a twinkle in his eye when he is about to do something special.
I saw it on the gridiron and the baseball diamond. Colby is a leader and the kind of teammate most players can only dream of having one day. A true friend who always has your back.
Suggs might have been listed as a second round pick. But he’s first class. Sulphur Springs can be very proud to call him a native son.
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