Kevin Hardin’s field of dreams may be in Milwaukee.
The Brewers selected the Metropolitan Community College first baseman with the 1,003rd pick in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball draft.
“It’s an opportunity that I have been working for for a long time,” Hardin told the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal. “It’s definitely a blessing to say the least. I am just happy that all the hard work paid off.”
Hardin graduated from Warrensburg High School and played the past two seasons for MCC. He took classes at MCC’s Maple Woods campus in Kansas City North.
“Kevin is a great kid. He has a great work ethic,” MCC baseball coach Marty Kilgore says. “We can’t wait to see what he does with this opportunity.”
Kilgore says Hardin signed with the Brewers and has reported to the team’s rookie league affiliate.
This past season at MCC, Hardin had a .353 batting average and knocked in 35 runs. His slugging percentage was .667 with 13 home runs.
Hardin is also the most recent recipient of MCC’s annual Matt Mason Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship honors a former MCC-Maple Woods baseball player who died during a Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan in 2011. The $1,000 scholarship goes to the player who has the same love and passion Mason had for the game.
When Hardin was awarded the scholarship, MCC athletic director Brian Bechtel said he “demonstrated the importance of being successful on the baseball field and in the classroom.”
Hardin hopes to join MCC alums Albert Pujols, Logan Morrison and Randy Ruiz in making it to the big leagues.
Through the years more than a dozen MCC baseball players have been drafted by major league teams, and more than 50 have signed professional baseball contracts, Bechtel says.