Correlle Prime bio
Player: Correlle Prime
Nickname: Prime Time
Position: First base, outfield
Jersey Number: 39
School: Manatee High School
Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
Height, Weight: 6-6, 215
Best Baseball Memory: Making it to the final four with my high school team.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Being drafted this year
Favorite Player Growing Up: Alfonso Soriano. We wore the same number, and I tried doing everything he did.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My mother. She is strong-willed and is a very hard worker and is a great, unselfish person.
Favorite Food: Pork chop and pork and beans with rice.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Firehouse.
Off-field hobbies: Hanging out with friends and talking about old times; watching sports.
Favorite Movie or Book: Too many to count.
Correlle Prime had one message for his scout while he was still in Florida as his soon-to-be teammates were starting minicamp:
“Get me to Grand Junction,” he said with an ear-to-ear smile. And after arriving just in time to watch the exhibition game and seeing the balls fly out of the park, he’s glad he got signed.
Even had he not signed and opted to go to college, there was a chance Prime would play at Suplizio Field someday — he had committed to play at the State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College), which has played in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
“I knew a little bit about Grand Junction,” he said. “Some of the guys said there’s nothing to do here, but I had to go out and buy some cleats (when he arrived in town) because mine are red. There’s a lot of neat places here.”
The 6-foot-6 first baseman has an easy smile and is soaking in everything he can about pro baseball.
“Being around guys that want to be around the game all the time, that want to be here,” he said, “we can learn stuff from all the different players. They all come from different backgrounds, so you learn their culture and what they go through every day, and I can give them a little bit of what I know. If I would have stayed at State College, I know all the kids there, they’re all from the area. It’s nice to get out and meet new guys, and I love traveling.”
He started off slowly his senior year of high school, but got better as the season progressed, then broke out in an all-star game.
“There were, I think, 10 first-rounders who played in that game. I hit a double on a 93-mile-an-hour fastball, it just felt great,” he said. “I felt like I progressed during the season, but (in that game) I’m putting swings on those guys that I know can go out and play. It’s just a matter of going out and making it happen. I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
So, with his mother’s blessing, he signed and is taking his shot.
“Definitely my mom (inspired him to play), and I met my high school coach when I was 10 years old and worked with him. He’s taught me a tremendous amount about baseball, work ethic, attitude, how to be a man and go about your business. How to be a good citizen on and off the field, that reflects on how you play. A lot of guys can see that and my mom raising me the way she did ...You’ve got to listen to them; they’re always right. As much as it’s annoying to admit it, they’re right.”