Baseball: Blue Jays draft Mundelein’s Ryan Borucki in 15th roundGlenview Wednesday, 5/30/12
Mundelein pitcher, Ryan Borucki (12) warms up during Wednesday's sectional game against Palatine played at Glenbrook South High School. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 6, 2012 11:34AM
Now-graduated Mundelein senior pitcher and staff ace Ryan Borucki was actually lying in bed Tuesday afternoon, when his phone went off, and he got the news most kids only dream about.
That news being that he’d just been selected in the 15th round (475th overall pick) of the 2012 MLB draft, by the Toronto Blue Jays.
“I was trying to take a nap, and all of the sudden I got two text messages in a row congratulating me,” Borucki said. “One was from my sophomore basketball coach, and right after that I got one from Stevenson’s (shortstop) Adam Walton. Right away, I ran downstairs and asked my mom, ‘Did I just get drafted?’
“Then people started calling me and texting me saying they guessed they needed to go out and get some Toronto Blue Jays gear to wear,” Borucki added. “It’s a dream come true.”
It definitely wasn’t a business-as-usual day for Borucki.
“It all started earlier in the day when several teams contacted me and asked me if I was willing to go down in price as far as the amount I was looking for from a signing bonus, but I wouldn’t,” Borucki said. “After that, I felt a little disappointed because I didn’t think anyone would want to pick me up because of it. It’s such a great feeling. Even my dad said I looked down most of the day before I got the call. Finally, he saw me smile, and said, ‘You look like the happiest kid in the world.’ ”
Although Borucki declined to share the specific amount he was looking for from a signing bonus, he did share which teams had requested he lower his asking price.
“The Blue Jays, New York Mets and Florida Marlins all contacted me (Tuesday morning) trying to get me to come down,” Borucki said.
The 6-foot-4 left-hander, whose fastball reaches 92 mph on the radar gun, pitched just 17 2/3 innings during the regular season for Mundelein, allowed only one earned run and struck out 30 of the 68 hitters he faced. He also threw four innings in the IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook South Sectional title game, where he also gave up just one earned run, for a no-decision.
In April, Borucki told Pioneer Press he was “99 percent certain” he’d decline signing with a MLB club if he was drafted, and instead attend the University of Iowa on a baseball scholarship. That announcement came shortly after he was told by doctors he’d need Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his throwing elbow, after he tossed a no-hitter against Cary-Grove in late March, then experienced lingering pain.
He then shocked everyone by making a pain-free late season comeback, appearing in three games — two in relief, and one as a starter.
Mundelein coach Todd Parola is thrilled for Borucki.
“It’s such an exciting time for him and his family,” Parola said. “Ryan’s always worked very hard, and it’s good to see his dreams come true. He’s in a win-win situation. He can choose to go live out his dream, and if he doesn’t do that, he gets to go out to Iowa and go to college and continue his career there. Everyone involved with Mundelein baseball congratulates him.”