Tallahassee, FL - Carson Sands can only laugh at the letters he's been getting in the mail lately - and, perhaps, permanently. Sands says he gets these letters at least three times a week. They're from fans across the country, sometimes from all over the world, who request the North Florida Christian sophomore's autograph.
Sands is one of the biggest baseball prospects in the Southeast region, maybe the best. And he's still two years away from graduating high school.
The adulation for the 17 year old built up late last season when he was a freshman. The lefty pitcher threw two no-hitters, one of which was a rain-shortened perfect game.
But, he said, he's not letting the expectations get to him.
"I'm very proud of myself for working hard, doing what I did and then playing for Team USA over the summer that was a lot of fun," Sands said.
His selection to the Team USA U16 squad was one of his accomplishments last summer. He had a chance to play in Mexico with some of the country's best teenagers. Months before, Sands had received his first major scholarship offer from Kentucky.
He's now got four Division-1 offers from big time programs.
"Coaches want me to call them all the time," he said.
You can't blame them, either. The 6'3" southpaw appears to have tremendous upside. He's throwing in the low 90s and has three different pitches - fastball, changeup and curveball.
"The battle for him is within himself," NFC Head Coach Mike Posey said. "He has to try to come out every year and get better and improve. He's done that. He's worked real hard in the offseason."
"i just want to work hard and get to a big college and maybe pros one day," he said. "I just take advantage of being that good."