(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Jordan Guida's dream came a step closer to becoming a reality on Tuesday morning.
The catcher-turned-right fielder for the St. Joe Mustangs got a call from a Detroit Tigers scout offering the slugger an opportunity to play for the organization.
He jumped at the chance.
Guida flies to Lakeland, FL to take a physical and sign a contract on Wednesday making Tuesday's regional game against Omaha the last in his career as a Mustang.
Guida says the call from the Tigers organization did catch him by surprise.
"I really had no idea. I talked to the Royals a little while ago, but then, this just came out of nowhere. They needed a catcher and they signed me. It's unreal."
The Glendale, AZ native also won the NAIA National Championship with his college baseball team, Tennessee Wesleyan, just before joining St. Joe. He says that combine with the Mustangs success and the call from the Tigers has made this an unbelievable year.
"I won the championship for my college, and that was amazing. I don't think I could ever top that, and then I come out here and we won the MINK League. It's just kind of been the greatest year I could ever imagine."
In his 2012 campaign in St. Joseph, Guida's leading the MINK with 6 home runs and is fourth with 25 RBI. He also has a .302 batting average.
He'll be playing for the Tigers affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, which is Major League Baseball's league for rookie baseball players.
Guida thought it was a prank when he originally received the voicemail.
"You get the call and you don't really think it's true. You think maybe one of your buddies is pulling your leg or something," Guida said. "Then I got the voicemail and called them back. Once I heard the whole thing, I couldn't believe it. It still hasn't really hit me yet. I don't think it will hit me until I start playing out there."
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