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With a lively fastball that breaks past home-plate in the mid-90s, King George High School’s ace pitcher Daimon Carroll has the kind of stuff that turns opposing hard bats into so much like wet noodles that whiff at ghosts of the horsehide spheres he zips by them or impotently sends them harmlessly into the waiting gloves of his Foxes’ teammates.
Indeed, Carroll currently has professional baseball scouts drooling over his talent and potential.
And they have produced somewhat of a quandary for the 18-year-old: Should he go to college where he’s been offered a full scholarship, or should he opt for the minors after the 2012 major league baseball draft that begins two days before his high school graduation?
“Right now, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m going to enter the draft but I’m thinking about junior college...if I go on to college I’d like to go into criminal justice where I can maybe eventually work for the CIA or the FBI. But I want to have the opportunity to play
professional baseball too.”
Either way, if his success on the Foxes’ diamond is any indication, stardom will beam down upon the 6-foot-4, 198 pound senior.
“He is the best I’ve ever had,” says Fox head baseball coach Thad Reviello of Carroll. “He’s currently 5-and-0 in appearances with two saves and has an earned run average of 1.24. He’s a good hitter too. He’s hitting .400 now, he was hitting .425, and he is a good prospect for the outfield...a natural.”
Carroll says his fastball has “plenty of movement” and has been clocked at 96 miles per hour in game situations. He can also throw it consistently for seven full innings.
“He’s getting the mechanics of throwing a curveball,” Reviello said, “and there’s plenty of potential for him to learn other things as he progresses in the minor leagues. He’s just a really talented young man.”
Carroll said his favorite pitch after the fastball is a changeup that handcuffs Foxes’ opponents geared up for the “dead red” heaters. He likes to show it especially when he comes up against Battleground District rivals Spotsylvania and Caroline High Schools.
“Those guys can really hit,” he said of the Knights and Cavalier teams. “I play American Legion ball in the summer (Post 89) and sometimes we wind up as teammates so I get to see them in another light.”
But it’s also fun to strike them out as a King George Fox?
“I grew up in King George,” he said. “I have been playing baseball here ever since I was six years old. I hope to represent us in professional baseball ... I know that Al Bumbrey played for the Baltimore Orioles but it isn’t clear whether he was from here or Stafford County as both places claim here. I am from King George.”
Carroll, son of Melissa and Virgil Carroll, said his dream would be to play someday for his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, but that he’s like to be on the future staff of any major league team.
After the 2012 baseball draft on June 4, there is little doubt that he will be.