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Sports

Baseball: White Sox draft ex-Batavia star Micah Coffey

All-Big Ten player at Minnesota selected in 30th round

Micah Coffey runs down the line after putting a ball in play for the University of Minnesota in a game this season. Coffey, a Batavia High School graduate, had a productive season for the Gophers that saw him finish with the fifth-highest batting average in the Big Ten.
Micah Coffey runs down the line after putting a ball in play for the University of Minnesota in a game this season. Coffey, a Batavia High School graduate, had a productive season for the Gophers that saw him finish with the fifth-highest batting average in the Big Ten.

Micah Coffey's Minnesota baseball practice had just concluded when the life-changing news popped up on the screen.

As soon as he opened up the MLB Draft tracker, the former Batavia star discovered he was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 30th round of the MLB Amateur Draft.

Growing up a Chicago Cubs fan, he'll probably have to switch up his sports wardrobe very soon.

"I couldn't be more grateful for the organization that's going to be giving me an opportunity," Coffey said one day after being drafted by one of the hometown teams.

"That's kinda a fun little wrinkle in the story to have it be the hometown team...To have it be the White Sox, [it's] pretty special," Coffey said.

Coffey joins Ryan Kochen, who graduated from Batavia in the 1990's, as the two Batavia athletes to be drafted into Major League Baseball, according to former Bulldogs baseball coach, Matt Holm.

Kochen was drafted in the 19th round of the 2001 draft out of Western Michigan by the Houston Astros.

"The first text I sent [Coffey on Wednesday] – knowing he was getting [several] of them: 'You look great in black and white," Holm said with a laugh. "I can't give enough accolades for the kid."

Coffey, at third base, helped Minnesota advance through the regionals of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1977 – beating UCLA in the regional final on Sunday. Minnesota (44-13) advanced to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time, where the Gophers will face No. 3 seed Oregon State from June 8-10.

"Whenever our season comes to an end here, hopefully a couple weeks from now, yeah, I'll go play," Coffey said, confirming that his intention is to sign with the Sox franchise. "I'm not entirely sure what that's going to look like yet, but we're going to decide and figure all that out once the season [is] over."

Coffey talked with J.J. Lally, the Sox' scout, more so during his junior year, as communications were fewer as a senior.

"I've known the guy pretty well, so it didn't come as a huge surprise when he went ahead and picked me," Coffey said.

Coffey was the quarterback of Batavia's first state title team in football in 2013. That year he threw for 2,466 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. Coffey also dazzled in basketball and baseball in high school, as he was named the Kane County Chronicle Male Athlete of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

"He's a winner," Holm said of Coffey. "He just wins. That's just the way it is. He has that leadership mentality...I guess one of the biggest compliments I can give to a guy is that they're just not gonna let you beat them. [Coffey] just had that mentality all the time."

To Batavia coach Dennis Piron, "It couldn't happen to a better kid."

"[Coffey] was such a great person, leader and role model in our school and our community," Piron said via text [A] really special athlete. Just great to be around, and of the highest imaginable character."

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