Move over Bryce Harper…America has a new favorite high school baseball player.
Not since the number one pick in the 2010 MLB draft was hitting tape measure home runs for Las Vegas High School has a high school player gotten this much national attention.
I mean, do a Google search for junior pitcher Scotty McCreery and you’ll find close to 400,000 entries to choose from.
Look for dude on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll find an endless number of fan pages and tweets like “I love Scotty McCreery. He’s a cutie” (courtesy of @kaylabeliebs) or “The boy from Garner…his name is Scotty McCreery he’s my favorite!” (courtesy of @Tay_Laura_B_Fan).
But, as you might have guessed, it has nothing to do with the 6-1 record and 1.04 ERA that he posted last year for Garner High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
You see, the 17-year-old righty isn’t striking them out on the playing field (yet)…he’s been too busy mowing down the competition on the latest installment of “American Idol”.
You read that right.
McCreery is, currently, one of the 60 finalists that made it through the always tough “Hollywood Week” and the judges and fans alike are loving him.
“Some of the girls that know Scotty have known he can sing,” Garner junior first baseman Alec Hulmes told FOXSportsSouth.com. “But now it’s just like, girls come up to him left and right.”
So could this kid from North Carolina end up bigger than Bryce Harper? It’s a possibility given the size of the national stage he might be on next week at this time.