Brazosport High School senior-to-be Tanner Quick has an opportunity later this month to try out for a chance to play for his country in South Korea at the end of the year.
Quick will head to Chicago on July 20 for a week-long tryout at Wrigley Field for a spot on the USA Baseball 18U National Team. That team will compete against other countries around Christmas in South Korea.
“Depending on what happens at the Team USA tryout and the Prospect Development Pipeline, which is also a branch of USA, they will select a certain amount of kids and they will go over to South Korea to play in like a world baseball classic with all the different countries,” Quick said.
Quick got the opportunity after first going to a tryout in Houston during October of his sophomore year. He did so well he was invited to another tryout in Cary, North Carolina, last summer. His performance there earned him the invite to this month’s final tryout in Chicago.
“I am very excited,” Quick said. “I am honored for the opportunity because this is really all I could dream of growing up; one, playing for my country and then also playing the sport I love, baseball. But at the same time, I am a little bit nervous because there are a bunch of kids coming in there that are very talented, very skilled, so it will be a fun competition.”
The University of North Carolina commit recently earned first-team The Facts Southern Brazoria All-County honors after compiling a 4-6 record on the mound with a 2.19 ERA for the Exporters. He struck out 106 batters in 48 innings. At the plate, he batted .452 with 10 doubles and 20 RBIs.
Quick is looking forward to the competition he will face against the best players his age from all over the country.
“I feel like it brings out the best in me,” Quick said. “Going against people that are as good and even better than me will help me, one, become better, and then two, bring out stuff in me maybe I didn’t know I had before.”
Earning a spot on the national team would mean a lot to Quick.
“It would mean everything in the world,” Quick said. “Growing up playing baseball, just getting the opportunity to play with USA across your chest, playing for your country and playing the game I love, it would mean everything in the world.”
It will also be Quick’s first visit to Chicago. He is looking forward to playing at Wrigley Field.
“It will be a great experience,” Quick said. “It is always something I look forward to, playing on big league ballparks and stuff, so it will be a fun experience.”