My name is Devin Vaughan. I am in 11th grade, am 5’10” and weigh 160 pounds. I started playing baseball at the early age of five, but had to take a year off when I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of six. I am ten years in remission. It was a challenging time in my life, but, from that experience, I grew and learned a great deal about myself. I learned resiliency following weekly chemotherapy treatments. My will to succeed and overcome my illness drove my competitive spirit to flourish and win. During this time, I had my good days and my bad ones, much like in baseball. I have learned how to handle stress, while being humble and adaptive to circumstances of a spontaneous nature and even those beyond my control.
I am driven now, more than ever, to play baseball at the college level. For the past two years, I have been a starter on my high school’s varsity team, a starting varsity-level pitcher from my very first year on the team as a freshman. As a right-handed pitcher, I specialize in four pitches: fastball (both four-seam and two-seam), change up, 12-6 curve ball, and a slider. I have played most positions on the field. In the outfield, I am most effective at center, but can easily, comfortably, and successfully transition to right or left, as needed. Infield, I am comfortable at either short stop or second base. I believe that from playing so many different positions, I have become a much more heads-up player.
I am extremely motivated to play baseball in college. I am working four days a week with fitness trainer to boost my strength, speed and agility; in addition, to regular hitting and bull pen work. I am truly looking for a program where I can continue to grow under experienced coaches while playing at a high level of competitive baseball. As I pursue a career in physical therapy after graduation, I'm looking for a program that will be a good fit for me athletically as well as academically. I confidently feel that I not only have the talent to compete on a college team, but the character, work-ethic, and leadership skills to make a strong positive impact on your program. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read my personal statement, and good luck in the upcoming baseball season.