HOUSTON, TX - Pablo Salazar has the look, the walk and the talk of a baseball player. His 6'-2" frame has helped him develop in to a stellar third baseman and pitcher at Lutheran South Academy.
"This is basically my life," Salazar said. "Blood, sweat and tears, I take this game very serious. Practice makes perfect, so I can't mess around."
Salazar has dreams of playing in Major League Baseball. In the immediate future though, he's committed to playing at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock next season.
Salazar honed his skills as part of the Houston Astros' Urban Youth Academy. He's one of the first two players from the academy to earn a college scholarship.
"It's like family to me now. All the trainers and everything they do, they critique our skills. I've been with them a while," Salazar said.
His motivation comes from his mom, Sarah Villery Thomas.
"I play every inning for her, every out, every swing, everything. She's been there for me, and I want to give her back as much as I can," Salazar said.
That relationship keeps the high schooler on a path to success.
"I'm not stopping until I make it."