Panthers player picked for Major League Baseball World Select Team

High Hopes: Penrith Panthers player Coen Wynne hopes the World Select tour will open Major League doors for him. Picture: Geoff Jones

High Hopes: Penrith Panthers player Coen Wynne hopes the World Select tour will open Major League doors for him. Picture: Geoff Jones

Penrith Panthers’ NSW State Baseball League player Coen Wynne is closing in on a life-long dream after being selected for the Major League Baseball World Select Team to tour the US.

Chosen as one of 29 players from across the world, the 18-year-old pitcher said he was focused on working towards establishing a professional baseball career after graduating from high school last year. 

“As of now, this is the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had to play baseball and be widely recognised and that’s the best thing I could ever dream of,” he said. 

“It’s given me the opportunity to go over there and get recognised by scouts and fulfill my childhood dream.”

It is an opportunity that has arisen on the back of plenty of hard work.

“It’s really gratifying to know the scouts who chose the team see me as one of the up-and-comers in Australian baseball,” he said. 

“It makes me want to work harder because there have already been so many great baseballers to come out of Australia. 

“It would be good to try my hardest and leave an impression like they have.”

Wynne finished with a 1.76 earned run average in the under-18s competition for the Panthers, and also played first grade earlier this season.

Wynne also had a .556 batting average from nine at bats through the season.

With 13 Australians in the 29 man squad, Baseball Australia head of high performance Glenn Williams said it was a great achievement for so much Australian talent to travel to the US.

“(Baseball Australia) is extremely excited about this latest opportunity provided for our players from MLB,” Williams said.

“To have the chance to play with some of the best up and coming prospects from around the world and compete against professional teams in professional complexes is something that will be extremely beneficial for the players on this trip.” 

The MLB World Select Team tour started on April 8 against the Minnesota Twins in St. Petersburg, Florida with several games against other international amateur teams and MLB affiliates.

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