Opponents asked Mott Bears assistant coach Shawn Brown one question prior to each league doubleheader this season: "Are you throwing Rice today?"
Chris Rice, the Bears' star sophomore lefty, came to Mott with a 90-mph fastball and plenty of attitude to back up his confident demeanor on the mound.
The former Gabriel Richard standout was easily one of the better pitchers in all of junior college baseball in Michigan in 2013, and he'll "probably get drafted (MLB)," according to Brown.
"He could go in the late rounds," Brown said Friday.
Although the Bears finished the spring with a disappointing 11-15 conference record, Rice was steady. He didn't always get the run support he needed, evidenced by his 2-3 mark as a starter, but his swift arsenal of pitches kept the opposition honest more times than not.
If Rice does get drafted, he'd be the first to be taken from Mott by a Major League Baseball team since the 1970s, said Brown.
"We've had guys make it to Triple-A," he recalled. "But we've never had one make it to The Show (MLB debut)."
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