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Michael Estes

Pitcher - Louisville Male HS Bulldogs

 

 


Introduction


Michael is a LHP for Louisville Male High School in KY. Michael is currently a sophomore and was selected to the freshman team while an eighth-grader at Jefferson County Traditional Middle School. The 2004 Freshman Bulldogs finished their season with a perfect 22-0 record. Being an eighth-grader on the freshman team at Male is an honor, as baseball has a rich tradition at Louisville Male. The varsity squad finished their 2003 campaign as the State runner-up, losing to Paul Dunbar HS in the State Championship game.  Michael is looking forward to having 5 years of high school baseball experience. 


Travel Ball


Michael started his travel ball career as an 11 yr. old, playing on a 12 yr. old AAU team (Louisville RoadDogs). Michael spent the last three years playing competitive baseball with the Highview Heat 14 year old AAU baseball team. This season Michael enjoyed great success at the plate, finishing a 60+ game season with a .410 BA. Michael was invited to play in the AAU World Series by another local select team (Kentucky Redbirds) and decided instead to play in the USSSA World Series with another local select team (Louisville Barracudas) that he had played another tournament with earlier. The Barracudas played outstanding baseball and finished in 4th place. Michael went the distance in his start in the USSSA World, allowing just 3 hits in a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Slammers. The Barracudas invited Michael to attend a second World Series (the United States All-Stars World Series), in which Michael hit the game winning HR to allow them to reach the championship game. The Cudas finished second, losing in extra innings 1-0.  For travel ball stats, please visit the Travel Ball page.

Michael was excited when he received an invitation from the Perfect Game Underclassman Showcase in Illinois and the National Underclass Showcase in Ft. Myers, FL. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend either event because he had already accepted opportunities to attend other camps before receiving the invitations. He hopes to attend these events in 2005. Michael trains and receives instruction from Champions Baseball Academy and is currently taking private lessons from Coach Kevin Kochs (Spalding University).


Goals


Michael's goal is to become Mr. Baseball in the state of Kentucky by his senior season and go on to play Division I baseball at a college that can best use his services. Michael realizes that only a small percentage of high school players go on to play college ball, but is willing to put as much effort into attaining his dream as it takes to make it a reality. Academically, Michael has been an honor roll student that has been bestowed many awards and honors, among them the President's Award for Academic Achievement. He was selected to the Who's Who academic honors program. He was selected by the Duke University TIP program to take his SAT's as a seventh-grader. Michael consistently tests in the top 95-99 percentile in the mathematics and science categories on his CATS scores. Like most kids his age, Michael would like to play professional baseball one day, but (as a fall back plan) is planning to learn computer programming in college to prepare for an eventual career as a video game developer.