Signed as an undrafted free agent, Carolina Mudcats first baseman Jerrud Sabourin has developed into a true underdog story.
The model of consistency, Sabourin leads the Carolina League in batting average at .318 and is fourth on the team in hits and plays great defense at first base. Sabourin was recently honored for his efforts with a selection to the Carolina League All-Star team.
Being undrafted out of Indiana University, the Cleveland Indians signed Sabourin as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Two years later, Sabourin is playing at the Advanced–A level and has developed into a solid prospect in the Indians system.
“I don’t really look at myself as an underdog," Sabourin said. "I believe I have the skillset just like anyone else here to be a Major League Baseball player. It’s been a journey for me. Nothing has come easy.”
Selected to his first All-Star game this season, Sabourin enjoyed representing the Carolina League and playing alongside three of his teammates, shortst...