Norwell Pitcher Picked 148th Overall; College vs. Pro Decision To Come

VanMeter Drafted By Padres (VIDEO)

By Dean Pantazi
By Eric Dutkiewicz

June 7, 2013 Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM EDT

SECAUCUS, N.J. - It has become a busy week for Norwell High School pitcher Josh VanMeter.

The right-handed pitcher was drafted 148th overall by the San Diego Padres on Friday afternoon in the 5th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

"I got a call from the Padres scout," VanMeter recounts his selection "And I just raised my arms, and I was like 'Thank the Lord. This is coming true!"

VanMeter pitched the Knights to a 3A regional baseball Tuesday, the Knights head to semi-state Saturday and he will graduate from Norwell on Sunday.

He also is committed to play college baseball at Illinois State University, and will have to decide whether to go pro or continue on the amateur route.

If VanMeter elects to go with the Padres, he could play in for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, San Diego's single-A minor league club.

"It was always cool to think to go to the Padres with the TinCaps being affiliated with them. It was a kind of a dream situation, and for it to come true is awesome," VanMeter says.

VanMeter went 12-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 98 strikeouts on the mound his senior season. He also tallied a .444 batting average with 9 homeruns and 36 RBI.

VanMeter was also a standout basketball player at Norwell, leading the basketball Knights to a state runner-up finish his junior year.

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