LePage Has Sights Set on Future

BOISE – Earlier this summer, Pierre LePage was staring at his computer screen with his mother on another computer. Both were vigorously refreshing their browsers during the MLB draft to see where LePage would be playing this summer. In the 13th round, LePage burst in to where his mom was, exclaiming he was going to be a Chicago Cubs prospect.

Fast forward a couple months later, LePage is at short-season Class Low A Boise, batting .343 with one home run and 21 RBIs.

"He's definitely a high energy guy, scrappy. I think a lot of people think he's undersized, but he doesn't play like it. He's adjusted to the pro game, he's fit in in the clubhouse, he's been a great addition and has really helped us get to this point," Boise assistant coach Gary Van Tol said of LePage.

Standing 5 foot-8, LePage makes up for his size with tremendous plays at second base and is an even better hitter. Not being afraid to swing the bat dates back to how LePage was first introduced to baseball.

"I think I was four years old or three years old when my dad decided it was a good idea to throw me into a batting cage. Everyone there thought I was crazy and (that) my dad was crazy, but I was hitting the ball so that kind of helped me develop a passion for it. I played organizationally from when I was six until now," LePage said.

After a standout prep career at Loomis Chaffee High School where he hit .590 his senior year, many colleges came calling. LePage went to play at the University of Connecticut, a school best known for its men's and women's basketball programs.

"It's pretty tough because the basketball team and now the football team have been getting a lot of recognition," LePage said. "Our goal was to get our name out on the map and luckily this year, my junior year, we had some success and we were ranked in the top 25 for a good part of the season.

"It was a lot of fun when we started getting nationally recognized and that was a time where we got to host a regional. It was a really good last year."

But when the opportunity came open to make the jump to pro ball, LePage jumped at the opportunity.

"It's really tough. You've got to weigh your options (and) what's best for you as a person. I really wanted to just get right out here and start my pro career because I feel I'm physically and mentally ready to begin playing at the (pro) level," LePage said.

"I just try to take it day by day and come out here and perform well. You can only control what you can control and that is having good at-bats and playing good defense and working hard. When the season ends, if I can say that I worked harder at being a better player, I'll be happy."

"He's a very hard worker and he's eager to learn and make whatever adjustments he needs to make. For him, take it day by day and continue to work on his game and just get better and better every single day and finish out the year taking it step by step is just the goal for him," Van Tol added.

With the Hawks in the thick of the Northwest League East Division race and LePage having hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games entering the week, the team is looking forward to seeing how the season plays out.

LePage is looking forward to what's to come as well, and hopefully one day the possibility of playing under the bright lights of Wrigley Field.

"You can't take this stuff for granted," he said. "I'm living the dream being a professional baseball player. We don't play because we want to stay in A-ball for the rest of our lives. You can't make a great living out of that. I want to work as hard as I can to get there (the big leagues)."

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