Despite sitting out for a season in 2017, this player was still drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2018 MLB Draft.
Isaiah Pasteur transferred to George Washington University from Indiana University after not playing so well at Indiana. When he transferred to GWU, he sat out his junior season and lost his eligibility. Even by sitting out a whole season in the midst of his college baseball career, Pasteur was named an All-American, awarded the A10 Player of the Year, and Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Recognized as a Top-500 player nationally by Perfect Game, high school set up Pasteur’s early baseball career up quite nicely. Pasteur hit .483 as a senior with a county-best 25 RBI and nine doubles. As a pitcher, Pasteur went 3-1 with a 2.29 ERA and led the county with 44 strikeouts. During his junior year, he struck out 60 batters. The high school baseball career that Pasteur had earned him the titles of the 2014 Carroll County Times Baseball Player of the Year in 2014 and National Amateur Baseball Federation Under-18 Tournament MVP. Pasteur was also recognized for all-district, all-county and all-conference honors. Graduating Winter Mills in 2014, Pasteur was named Times Player of the Year and had a Division I scholarship in tow.
“It’s really been a roller-coaster ride,” said Pasteur when asked about his baseball career.
Getting his first taste of playing in a major league, Pasteur played for the Oriolelanders, the Baltimore Orioles fall showcase scout team.
2016 proved to be a challenging season for Pasteur with the Indiana Hoosiers. In a season debut at Middle Tennessee, Pasteur went 2-for-5 with an RBI, stolen base, and two runs scored. Later in the season, the Hoosiers went against Illinois State and Pasteur reached the base three times and went 2-for-5 again.
Sitting out for his junior year of college baseball at George Washington University, Pasteur lost eligibility per college transfer rules.
“Sophomore year just wasn’t the year I wanted to have,” Pasteur said. “And I thought the best way for me to get better as a player was to leave there, come see Coach Ritchie here at George Washington. I thought that was my best bet for getting better and looking forward onto pro ball.”
In his first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Pasteur led the league in slugging while hitting .341/.405/.600. He had 10 home runs, 13 doubles, and led the league with seven triples. Being aggressive on the base paths with 30 stolen bases in 33 attempts- a 91 percent success rate, Pasteur was exceptional for the Colonials.
“That was all the motivation in the world for me,” Pasteur said. “More to prove it to myself than anyone else.”
Pasteur was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round to start his professional baseball career.