Olmstead decides to play baseball at UConn instead of going to the pros
Updated 11:30 pm, Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Decisions, decisions -- Taylor Olmstead had to make two important ones the past six months.
During the winter, the recent Greenwich High School graduate opted to play baseball at the University of Connecticut rather than football for several teams that expressed interest in him. Recently, Olmstead, who starred on the baseball diamond and football field for the Cardinals, had another tough choice to make.
"For me, it was an incredibly tough decision to make," Olmstead said. "I had to weigh all the pros and cons and there were positives for both sides. As it got closer to graduation, I felt going to UConn was the best choice for me. I really wanted to get my education, and on top of that, play for a great UConn program."
A two-time All-FCIAC and All-State selection, Olmstead displayed power, speed and a strong arm in right field in helping the Cardinals become one of the top teams in the state the past two seasons. By electing to play at UConn, Olmstead will most likely improve his chances of being chosen higher in next year's MLB draft. But for now, he's focused on playing summer ball with the Greenwich Senior American Legion Cannons and preparing for his collegiate career.
"I want to improve my game and skills in college and we'll see what happens from there," Olmstead said. "I'm excited to go there."
Like most players, the opportunity to begin a career in professional baseball was tempting, but Olmstead knows in his heart, he made the right choice.
"I love the coaching staff and the atmosphere at UConn," Olmstead said. "I'm very excited to play for a great program that's on the rise -- a program that won the Big East and plays against very good competition."
After making his decision, Olmstead, indeed, has a free mind.
"I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," he said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself. For me it was really important to get a good education. Right now, I feel like I can really enjoy playing Legion baseball this summer."