Isaiah Pasteur had an impressive month of May, but early June just might top everything.
Pasteur received Atlantic 10 Conference and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the year honors after helping George Washington University battle for a conference championship. Pasteur made the drive to Massachusetts two days ago with plans to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, but said he kept his focus on the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Pasteur hoped his senior season, and baseball resume, would result in him being selected. Nothing happened on either of the draft’s first two days, but a Wednesday morning phone call changed everything — Pasteur, a 2014 Winters Mill graduate, received word he was being selected by the New York Yankees.
“There’s a huge pressure lifted,” Pasteur said. “I felt so relieved to finally get in the door. Obviously, the grind is just about to start for me. But I’ve worked hard to get to this point. I feel like I’m ready to go. Now it’s just baseball 24/7. I’m excited and ready to do it.”
The Yankees grabbed Pasteur in the 13th round with the 397th overall pick.
“I was in the car for seven-and-a-half hours on the way up [to Massachusetts],” said Pasteur, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 182 pounds. “Spent the night, went to practice [Wednesday] morning, and got the call first thing. So I was pretty excited when I finally did get the call.”
Pasteur, who turns 22 in two weeks, made GWU history throughout the season with his program-record 32-game hit streak and a record three consecutive A-10 Player of the Week awards. He led the league in runs, triples, total bases and slugging percentage, while ranking in the top three in hits, home runs, stolen bases, RBIs, and at-bats.
Pasteur’s production wasn’t limited to offense, as he also held a 2-1 record with three saves and a 3.45 ERA in 12 pitching appearances.
Pasteur finished the year with a .331 batting average, 14 doubles, seven triples, 11 home runs, and 49 RBIs in 57 games. He added 57 runs, 31 stolen bases, a .589 slugging percentage, and a .398 on-base percentage.
He received Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors on May 22, and nine days later garnered the ECAC’s POY award. George Washington went 32-26 and survived three elimination games in the A-10 tournament before losing to George Mason in the consolation finals.
Pasteur earned Times Player of the Year honors in 2014 and started his college career in Indiana the following spring. He received Big Ten all-freshman team recognition in 2015, but struggled the following year and opted to transfer while still pursuing his dream of playing pro ball.
“It’s been a grind. You go through your ups and downs, but all I could do was keep my head up when things were going bad,” Pasteur said. “Just powering through and ‘keeping the foot on the gas’ type thing. Just remembering who I am as a player. … It was a good year, a fun year for me because I felt like some of the pressure was off, just being around a good group of guys and knowing they had my back and they needed me to have theirs. It was a good overall experience.”
Pasteur played middle infield and pitched in college, but the Yankees listed him as a center fielder when they drafted him. His position matters little right now — Pasteur said he’s making new plans now, and anticipating another call.
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“I’m already heading right back home,” he said Wednesday. “Take the night to celebrate with my family and close friends and then I’ve got to call the Yankees … and figure out where they want me and when. I don’t even have all the details as far as that goes right now. Just waiting for that phone call, and they’ll tell me where I’m flying to and when I need to be there.”