Editor’s note: The New York Mets selected SS Boston Baro with the No. 246 pick in the eighth round of the 2023 MLB Draft on July 10.
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (BVM) – Boston Baro grew up in a family of Boston-area sports fans. Whether it is the Patriots, the Red Sox, the Celtics, or the Bruins, if they are playing, it is on the TV. So when Boston was born, the name came naturally.
“My dad just wanted a son named Boston,” Baro said.
Baro has grown up for the most part on the opposite coast and has developed into one of the top high school baseball players in the region.
The Capistrano Valley High School shortstop is an advanced hitter for his age, whether that is with his discipline or his consistent ability to put the ball where the defense is not. He is also very smooth defensively at the six.
California 2023 infielder Boston Baro (@BaroBoston) blasts this pitch over the right field wall for a two run HR at our @NB_Baseball @P15Sports @ftrstarsseries Caribbean Classic. @UCLABaseball commit pic.twitter.com/bfSXeDq9w6
— New Balance 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 (@ftrstarsseries) October 15, 2022
Prospects Live ranks Baro as the No. 116 player in this year’s MLB draft class.
Baro started playing the game when he was three years old and that gave him the upper edge as he got older.
He committed to the University of New Mexico as just a high school freshman, but due to a coaching change, he reopened his recruitment. This helped Baro realize how unique of a situation he was in.
“I really took everything in,” Baro said. “I talked to everybody, listened to everybody and really focused on what my best fit was.”
Baro’s best fit wound up being UCLA which he committed to at the beginning of his junior academic year.
I am extremely blessed to announce my commitment to further my academic and baseball career to the University of California, Los Angeles. I would like to thank God,my family,coaches,teammates,and my dad for always pushing me. Finally, a huge thank you to UCLA for opportunity🐻💙 pic.twitter.com/2vwVhH5W18
— Boston Baro (@BaroBoston) September 21, 2021
“I really love the coaches,” Baro said. “They put a bunch of people in the big leagues and are also a winning program. I want to go win a college world series with them.”
Baro will get to make a decision next month on if he wants to still be a Bruin or if he would rather start his professional career, but regardless of what he does, the mindset that he has had over the years has helped put him in this situation.
— Perfect Game Scout (@PG_Scouting) October 8, 2022
“Every summer I was putting in the work and seeing everything go to plan,” Baro said. “Over time, I feel like I keep getting better and better.”
His ultimate goal is to at some point get to the major leagues, and when he does that, he will be the one that is on the TV at the Baro house.