Though the DRSEA has yet to have a graduate, we succeeded recently with placing a Dominican prospect in a U.S. college.Pedro Gomez Jr. is attending LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN, where the baseball coach, James McNeal, says he very happy to have Pedro in his program and is excited for the potential impact he will have. “Pedro has good qualities as a person,” McNeal said. “He picks up things very quick. Additionally, Pedro loves the game of baseball and his passion will drive him to be an impact player.”
The DRSEA first connected with young Gomez through his father, a top official in the Dominican government, who wanted to find a good educational experience as well as a good baseball experience for his son, who had the advantage of graduating from a U.S. high school as well as having attended college in the United States for a year.
Initially, the timing was bad but we persevered, particularly through the efforts of Tim Halloran, a member of the DRSEA Board of Trustees and our Director of International Student Athlete Development, who tirelessly contacted numerous colleges on behalf of the young man, who eventually grabbed the opportunity presented by LeMoyne Owen.
While our main goal remains to place our own graduates on baseball scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities, we were delighted to have been able to assist young Pedro in attending college, and we hope to be able to assist many other Dominicans with such opportunities.