Michael Menhart has always dreamed of playing in the big leagues.
The Richmond Hill right handed pitcher may never achieve that dream, but he can say he's done what many haven't: been selected in the MLB Draft.
Menhart was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 40th round of the MLB Draft earlier this week, something the Wildcat righty says was stunning.
"I was like, 'Oh, that's my name,'" Menhart remembers. "I was just so shocked. Not once did I see myself getting drafted. It was just a crazy time."
Making the moment even more special, Menhart got to share the moment with his father, Paul, who is the Nationals' minor league pitching coordinator.
"We were all just surprised," he says. "It's an extreme honor."
Menhart won't be signing with the team, and knows his selection was a sort of a tip of the cap from the Nationals to the Menhart family. Many MLB teams will use their late round picks in honorary fashion. Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza was famously drafted in the 62nd round by the Dodgers as a favor to Piazza's father, who was a close friend of Los Angeles manager Tommy Lasorda.
Menhart admits he's not ready for professional baseball, but says just hearing his name called made for a moment he'll never forget.
"It's just crazy," he laughs. "I don't really know what to think. It's just a classy act by [the Nationals.] That's who they are."
Instead of heading to the pro ranks, Menhart says he will look to continue his baseball career in college. But the ultimate goal is to get the MLB Draft call again in a few years, and this time sign to begin his pro baseball career.