As a Friday night starter for Charleston Southern University this past season, Andrew Tomasovich was pitching himself into the moment he’d prepared for his whole life. He was also closing in on a bit of history.
With his brother Alex being drafted last year, they became the first brothers from Fort Mill, South Carolina to be drafted to the Major Leagues. His older brother was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the 20th round.
“My brother has given me a lot of advice on what to expect when I get there and what will be expected from me,” Andrew said Saturday.
The A’s took the lefty junior in the 21st round, on the heels of Tomasovich finishing 7-7 with a 3.09 ERA. His 9.58 strikeouts per nine was one of the best in the Big South Conference. Having come this far, Tomasovich is thinking about something more than baseball.
“I signed my terms sheet last night and head out Monday. The driving factor for me was the fact that I am able to go back to school and get my degree,” he said.
Tomasovich has the benefit of his brother’s wisdom and isn’t going into professional baseball without an idea of what he’ll experience. He also looks back on those that helped him develop along the way, and the mindset that kept him on track.
“The coaching staff at CSU was great and they really helped me achieve my goals. Another huge key was my catcher Sam Remick. That guy never gets enough credit and was so good behind the plate all year. My key to success was working my tail off every day and striving to get better each and every day,” he said.
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