Farm Report: Hailing Szczur

Matt Szczur, pictured with the Short-Season Class-A Boise Hawks, has climbed a couple levels in just one year. Post by Austin Hannon. (Photo courtesy Boise Hawks)

Some players just find a way to separate themselves both on and off the field.

In May 2010, Matt Szczur (pronounced Cesar) donated stem cells to help save an 18-month-old girl that he had never met. One year later, he finds himself ranked as one of Baseball America’s midseason top 50 prospects.

On July 10, a day after being promoted to Class-A Advanced Daytona, the rising center fielder participated in the XM Futures Game, a display of each franchise’s elite prospects. ESPN’s Pedro Gomez performed an in-game dugout interview that touched upon Szczur’s decision to choose baseball over his gridiron skills he flashed at Villanova.

“To be honest, I thought I would miss it,” Szczur said, about his decision to leave football for baseball. “I realized in spring training, football wasn’t for me. I was excited I chose baseball.”

With a first half that saw him rocketing up prospect lists and earn a bid to the Futures Game, it appears Szczur made a good choice.

“It’s awesome—I’m surrounded by such great players,” Szczur said on playing in the Futures Game. “It’s very humbling, as well, to be surrounded by guys who are just unbelievable and are going to be in the big leagues pretty soon. It’s a great experience.”

The Cubs farmhand came off the bench and went 0-for-1. Before his promotion, Szczur hit .314 from the leadoff spot with 27 RBIs and 17 stolen bases for Class-A Peoria.

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