Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California, has long been a hot-bed of baseball talent. Six Viking alumni have made the major leagues, including current Oakland A's first-baseman Daric Barton. The A's are hopeful that Marina third-baseman Chad Lewis is the next in line to make the majors.
Oakland took Lewis with their fourth pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, 125th overall. Lewis was thrilled with the news that he had his name called by Oakland.
"I was very happy actually. I was with my family and grandparents and we were just waiting for the call and got the call," Lewis said.
If one was to draw a picture of a prototypical third-baseman, the picture would probably look a lot like Lewis. Lewis is 6'3'', 210 pounds and he carries a smooth right-handed swing and a strong right arm. Lewis has played shortstop in addition to third base, but he is more likely to stick at third, given his size.
In 2010, Lewis batted .395 with four home runs and 24 RBIs. He signed a letter of intent to play for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. Although the opportunity to play for a Hall of Famer like Gwynn is tempting, Lewis was thrilled with the prospect of being drafted.
"It was something I was waiting for for a long time," Lewis said.
Over the past two years, Lewis developed a reputation for being able to perform under pressure, as he put together several impressive performances during a variety of prospect showcases. Those performances raised Lewis' stock among scouts leading up to the draft. Despite the high-profile success, Lewis remains level-headed.
"I'd say I'm humble about everything. I don't like to be cocky about everything. I'm just a team player," Lewis said.
If things go according to plan, Lewis could someday be lining-up across the diamond from Barton. Barton has returned to Marina to give advice to his former team.
"He was down here with us, and I remember talking to him. We were talking and he gave me some advice," Lewis said.
"It's kind of crazy that I'm in the A's organization."
Melissa Lockard contributed to this report.