Athlete of the Week: Jupiter's Mason Doolittle

The Jupiter baseball team is loaded this season - they're 13-2 and have players going to Florida State, Ole Miss, LSU, and other high level college programs.

But the young man leading them all, is the one behind the plate. Mason Doolittle is the CBS12 Athlete of the Week.

At 6'3 over 200 pounds, it's hard to imagine Mason Doolittle ever being small.

But the Jupiter Senior was once a 6 year old baseball player, picking up a catcher's mask for the first time.

"The only thing I didn't like about baseball growing up was being in the field," says Doolittle. "So I liked to catch and be in the middle of the action."

And ever since then, Doolittle has been on a constant journey to get better and he's become one of the best all around players in Palm Beach County.

"I've gained 25 pounds every year of high school, and I'm really proud of that it's brought by game up that extra level."

Even as a young man, Doolittle had perspective - on a 10-year-old travel team, after playing an inner city squad that had poor equipment, Doolittle asked his father if he could give his bat and other gear away. His teammates followed suit.

"You should've seen their faces, they just lost 15-0 but they were crying and happy. It was just a lesson about how privileged I am."

Doolittle has the talent to be taken in the MLB First Year Player's Draft, but he has his eyes set on playing college ball for one of the best programs in the country - LSU.

"All I want to do is play for LSU. It will get me ready for the next level and be the best years of baseball in my life."

With Doolittle's work ethic and attitude, there's no doubt even brighter baseball days are ahead.

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