High Expectations: The Journey of a Ballplayer
Mac Seibert, IV is no stranger to high expectations. Mac IV plays for one of the most storied high school programs in the country at Tate High School, led by Head Coach Greg Blackmon. Tate High School is home to Major League Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton and All-Star infielders Jay Bell and Travis Fryman. Fryman, current Infield Coordinator with the Cleveland Indians, spent the off-season working with the team that also includes his son Mason. Mac IV is quick to credit Travis Fryman with his improvement as an infielder, stating “Coach Travis spent a great deal of time working with our team over the winter and really helped me improve."
Aside from the storied history of his high school program, perhaps the highest expectations come from within Mac's own home. His father, Mac Seibert, III, serves as the New York Mets Mid-West Crosschecker. When asked about his son, Mac said, "He has some God given ability (referring to Mac IV) and I would love to see him, as I do with all players, maximize this ability both on and off the field."
My first opportunity to see Mac IV or “Little Mac” as he became known to us was at the home field of the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League roughly seven years ago. Mac Seibert III was a consultant for Baseball Factory and at that time scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was in the Cape to scout some of the top college prospects for the following year's draft and agreed to spend some time working with our group. Mac IV was along with his father for the day and actually participated in several of the drills with the infielders. Even as a youngster of only 11-years-old, he more than held his own with the high school players. During this brief glimpse I could not only tell how much he enjoyed the game, but also the level of dedication he brought to the field and his raw ability. Little did I know just how hard he would work and what an outstanding player he would become.
We were fortunate to see Mac IV again at the 2010 Team One South event and briefly in the Team One Futures Game that fall. He was a solid player by then, but in the time since has really elevated his game to another level. Although area scouts are well aware of him, Mac IV remains somewhat under the radar on the national scene. The Seibert family isn't a boastful group and it’s a testament to them that they prefer to let Mac IV's production and tools speak for themselves. There are no favors called in based on the last name. Mac IV has earned everything he has achieved and reinforced that there are no short cuts to being a great player.
This season Mac IV has helped lead Tate High School to a 22-5 record and a trip to the state playoffs. During the first two rounds of the district playoff last week, Mac IV lifted the Aggies with a 3R homerun in a 5-0 win over Washington and a 3-RBI double in the first inning to set the tone in an 11-1 pounding of Escambia. On the season, Seibert is hitting .316 with seven doubles, two home runs, 22 RBI’s and ten stolen bases. We'll see over the next few weeks if he can duplicate the State Championship that his father helped win for Tate in 1984.
After gaining the interest of numerous college programs, Mac IV ultimately committed to play at Meridian Community College in Meridian, Mississippi. When asked how he felt about Mac IV joining his program, Coach Chris Curry said, "He (Mac) is a guy we have followed for a while now and feel fortunate to have him join our program. He is a legitimate middle of the order type bat." With word continuing to spread on Mac IV’s ability, several four-year schools recently made the trip to Pensacola to scout the senior firsthand. Along with the Division I schools in the crowd there were also several Major League scouts. His solid right-handed bat with flashes of power, combined with soft hands, range and arm strength to defend at high levels, makes him an appealing young player.
Next month Mac IV should have quite a choice to make between professional baseball, a four-year school or Meridian CC. He can't go wrong with any of them and with his grounded upbringing, outstanding work ethic and pure baseball ability, there is no doubt he will be successful wherever he chooses to play. We are excited for the bright future in store for the young prospect and would like to congratulate Mac IV on Building His Way to Greatness!
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