Next in Line: Baz is latest high school fireballer

TOMBALL, Texas- These days there’s a lot of awesome around Shane Baz.

“You hit 98 (miles per hour) in your last outing?” KHOU 11 News sports anchor asked Baz, a senior hurler at Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball.

“That’s the highest I’ve gotten,” replied Baz.

98!

“It’s hard for me to believe, too.”

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How much awesome depends on where he is; like the ballpark, where KHOU 11 News recently found a certain Hall of Famer watching Shane’s every pitch.

“Wow,” said Baz. “Probably have the best pitcher of all-time come look at you was pretty awesome.”


“Wow,” said Baz. “Probably have the best pitcher of all-time come look at you was pretty awesome.”

Concordia Lutheran head coach Rick Lynch helps maintain Shane’s million-dollar arm. “I think the sky’s the limit for him,” said Lynch, who’s coached numerous major leaguers. “I certainly think he’s going to play in the big leagues.”

Also watching Shane closely is former major league pitcher Chris Sampson, one of the Concordia Lutheran’s assistant coaches.

What’s his impression of Shane?

“Oh man,” said Sampson. “He is a special talent.”

No wonder handfuls of professional scouts attend every game Shane pitches; even Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, now an Astros advisor, watched him pitch in April.

Baz signed a letter-of-intent with Texas Christian University. However, he’s likely to be drafted very high in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft and may receive a signing bonus offer of $1 million or more to skip college.

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“I think I’ve done a good of keeping it all out of my head and just go out and have fun,” he said.

But the biggest news came on signing day in November when Shane learned his mother Tammy, who’s been fighting breast cancer, had been declared cancer-free.

“That was an awesome day,” recalls Shane. “Probably one of the best days of my life."

“That was an awesome day,” recalls Shane. “Probably one of the best days of my life. To be able to sign there (with TCU) and get that news about my mom; (it was) overwhelming but it was awesome.”

And with a right arm like Shane’s, there’s plenty more awesome days to come.

Photos: Shane Baz/Twitter

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