Athlete of the Week: Vero Beach's David Luethje
Vero Beach (CBS12) —
When you play baseball for Vero Beach High School, it already kind of feels like you're a pro. The crowds at the game are loud and proud, cheering on their beloved Indians. But those crowds get extra excited when David Luethje is on the mound, our CBS12 Athlete of the Week.
"It's awesome having teh fans at your back," admits Luethje. "Cheering for you."
And he'd better get used to it. He's one of the most highly touted high school baseball prospects in the county. He'll be on be on everyone's radar at the upcoming MLB Draft, not only an ace pitcher, but he was batting .397 with 5 home runs and 14 RBI coming into this week.
"He's a hard worker," says Vero Beach baseball head coach Bryan Rahal. "It's not often super talented kids are (the hardest workers)."
"My Dad always used to tell me to be confident, not cocky," says Luethje. "I never let the ego play into it, because that can only hurt you, it can never help you."
It's help him dominate on the mound. He was 4-0 for the season heading into this week, with 68 strike outs and a minut .74 ERA.
"I can feel myself getting better," says Luethje. "I feel like I'm getting more developed, mentally as a pitcher, and physically."
The MLB team who drafts him will try to entice him with a big money signing bonus, But Luethje is also commited to his education, and to play for his dream school Florida.
"My parents always put academic first," says Luethje. "I always had to do my school work first and then I could go play sports."
"If the (pro) offer is not life-changing enough," reflects coach Rahal. "He's a very smart guy, and he's going to go get that education.'
No matter where Luethje's choses to play baseball next season, he's enjoying his final ride with the Indians.
"It's flown by. It's been a great four years, I wouldn't want to share it with anyone else by these players and coaches at Vero Beach High School."