Mike Vasil and his family knew he would be something special ever since he started playing catch with his dad in Wellesley, MA. During a Boston 25 News special on Vasil, his mother explained that his dad recognized a certain, special quality about him when he was just 3 years old. His father explained, “I don’t know what it is, but the way that ball comes out of his hand is really unique and really special. I could be crazy, but it just seems different.” Fast forward 15 years or so, Mike Vasil found himself as a potential first rounder in the 2018 MLB Draft. The superstar right handed pitcher for Boston College High School was making elite baseball players look more like little leaguers at the plate. Projected to go early in the draft, Vasil shocked some and reaffirmed others of his maturity by pursuing an education before pursuing a baseball career. A commit to the University of Virginia out of BC High’s 2018 graduating class, Vasil was the best recruit out of the state of Massachusetts, held 22–4 record with a 1.06 ERA, and struck out 217 batters for the Eagles.
Vasil is an elite athlete, student, and has a good head on his shoulders. In the same interview on Boston 25 News, he explained his decision to postpone a potential MLB career for a UVA education: “At the end of the day I needed the college campus, I need that part of my life and I know baseball ends at some point… I just knew that Virginia was going to provide me with those opportunities to move on further in life other than what just baseball would provide.”
Mike Vasil has time and time again proven why he is meant to play at the next level, but what keeps him going? Why doesn’t he stop? What does he see as the end goal, and what truly motivates him at his core? Look below to find out…
“For me, the why everyday is waking up and trying to become the best possible baseball player I can be at the end of the day. Becoming a baseball player for me was one that just happened naturally really was never forced upon me. My love for the game grew as time went on. I never stood out when I was younger as a top player but I always knew that if I kept working that I’d be able to surpass others, but never truly be satisfied and always have that hunger to become a better player.”
“Baseball for me goes beyond between the white lines — it’s taught me that life itself is something that’s only based off failure just like the game of baseball. If you succeed 3 out of 10 times at the plate in the major leagues, you will find yourself in Cooperstown at the end of your career. On the mound for me, everything I practice and work for is all based off the game results, which most of the time is failure before great success. In my every day life if I did not experience failure, there’s no possible way I’d be able to succeed and grow as a human being.”
“Baseball is also an extremely mental game — especially pitching. The emotions during pitching include anxious sweating, extremely fast heart beat, and the pure drive of adrenaline — every pitcher has felt this before. The mental preparation it takes to get ready for a game has made me an overall better person to deal with the ups and downs of everyday life.”
“When it’s all said and done — baseball is where I am at peace. All silence and tunnel vision. When I am off the field it’s taught me to appreciate everything my family has done for me as well because I would be in no such position without them helping and guiding me through this journey.”
“When it’s all said and done — baseball is where I am at peace. All silence and tunnel vision.”
Vasil has most recently concluded his freshman season at the University of Virginia, and looks to go into his sophomore year with more experience and a better feel of the college game. Despite his excellence on the mound, he has proven what it means to play for something greater. His decision to postpone a professional career was most certainly a difficult one for him and his family, yet he realizes that he is more than just a baseball player. Past his 95 mph fastball, the game has given him the tools to be successful outside the white lines, and ultimately has given him perspective on life. Therefore, the better baseball player he becomes, it seems the more impressive individual he becomes as well. Mike plays for his family, friends, and coaches who have gotten him to UVA, who look forward to see what his bright future holds.
We here at :betr wish Mike all the best in his sophomore year campaign at the University of Virginia, and cannot wait to see all that l he accomplishes in the future!