Drafted by Rockies, Mavs’ Bachman having fun in college

Despite a chance to play professional baseball after high school, Scott Bachman instead chose to get an education and is pitching well for Mesa State out of the bullpen this season.

Scott Bachman could have been in Arizona pitching for a spot with the Colorado Rockies.

Instead, the Fort Collins native opted to get a college education at the urging of his mother.

He’s doing that and pitching for Mesa State College this season.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound left-hander was drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of high school in 2006 in the 44th round.

“It was exciting, but I kind of knew going into it, school was the way I would go,” Bachman said. “My brother answered the phone. I was playing a summer ball game. My mom let me know from the start school was important. If the rest is still there, follow that afterwards.

“(Being drafted) is always something that motivates you, but I didn’t want to miss out on college. I don’t regret the decision one bit. I’ve had a ton of fun at both places I’ve been at. I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance (to get drafted) again. Right now, I’m enjoying the moment.”

Bachman is eligible for the draft again this summer, but says he hasn’t thought much about that.

“I haven’t gotten as much (attention) like I did coming out of high school,” Bachman said. “I haven’t thrown as much either, but right now we’ve got a national championship to win. That’s where all my thoughts are. If it works out, it works out. If not, we’ll play for big things next year.”

Instead of signing with the Rockies, Bachman signed a national letter of intent with Kansas State University, but he saw little playing time in two years.

He remembered speaking with Mesa State coach Chris Hanks during his senior year of high school and gave him a call.

“I made a call here to Hanks and he had me come out here to look at campus, throw a quick bullpen, and it went from there,” Bachman said. “I’ve landed in a good spot. I’ve loved every minute of being here and playing for a national powerhouse instead of last in the Big 12.”

Hanks realized they didn’t have much of a shot signing Bachman out of high school, but his efforts paid off, even though there were plenty of teams after Bachman when he was looking to leave K-State.

“We really thought we might not get him. He’s not the best guy at answering his cell phone,” Hanks said. “At one point I thought we were getting put off, so I started looking elsewhere. I put the pressure on him and said we’ve got to have an answer and move on. He said, ‘I want to come to Mesa.’ ”

While waiting for Bachman to make a decision, Hanks contacted the Kansas State pitching coach.

“I was talking with the pitching coach at K-State and he was not happy Scott was leaving,” Hanks said. “It was a mutual-type deal. He told me Scott has as good of a left arm as there is in the Big 12 Conference and we were getting a heck of an arm.

“There are some things he needs to clean up and improve, but it’s all in him. He’s a good kid, hard worker and he’s been pitching better and better as the season has gone on.”

Bachman (2-0, 6.57 ERA)  is second on the team in appearances. He has 16 strikeouts and 11 walks in 242/3 innings.

He made two appearances last weekend against CSU-Pueblo, limiting the ThunderWolves to no runs and two hits in 41/3 innings.

“He was the best arm we saw,” CSU-Pueblo coach Stan Sanchez said of Bachman. “The kids came back to the dugout and said the ball (had a lot of movement).”

Bachman started the third game of the Mavs’ season-opening series at Grand Canyon, but was pulled in the fourth inning. He’s pitched out of the bullpen ever since for the Mavs as the only healthy left-hander in the bullpen.

“Coach is putting people where he thinks they fit best, and give us the best chance to win,” Bachman said. “I’m 100 percent behind that. Wherever he sees my role, I want to do the best I can in that situation.”


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