CBA alum Pat Light '09 begins the new baseball season on the Boston Red Sox's 40-man roster, three years after being drafted by Boston in the 2012 MLB Draft.
In a professional draft that lasts 40 rounds and has over 1,000 names called, Light was the 37th overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Red Sox traded their incumbent, all-star closer Jonathan Papelbon in exchange for the draft pick that became Light. Now, the Colts Neck, N.J. native is viewed as the possible next star arm for the storied franchise.
He is an impressive athlete, standing at six-foot, five-inches on the mound. Light uses his stature to reach 102 MPH on the radar gun, something that has certainly garnered him attention this spring.
Light was a two-sport athlete while at the Academy, playing both baseball and basketball. He starred for both Colts programs, with the baseball team winning the state championship in 2009 and the basketball team securing a Shore Conference title that same year. He went on to play Division I baseball with the Monmouth University Hawks before hearing his name called in the MLB Draft.
While Light will most likely start the regular season in the minor leagues with Triple-A Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs, it may be only a matter of time before Light sees regular season action for Boston.
"Whenever the call comes, the call comes," Light told MassLive.com. "It's not my job to try to figure out when that's happening. Or if it happens, I'm just going to go out there and give it everything I've got and see where it takes me. Just keep doing what I do: throw the ball hard."