Sarah Spencer profiles Nick Patten, a Butler grad who hopes to be selected in the MLB Draft next year.
"Nick Patten could have been a 1,000-point scorer for the Butler High School basketball team.
Instead, for every basketball point, he moved a mile south and then some. More or less 1,100 miles to Bradenton, Fla., to attend IMG Academy his senior year of high school in pursuit of his dream — playing professional baseball. He became a single-sport athlete at IMG living in an environment similar to a college campus. IMG boasts 88 Division I baseball commits since 2012, per its website.
"I knew at the end of the day to play at the level to play I've always dreamed of, it would be in baseball," Patten said.
Now a rising junior at the University of Delaware, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound infielder is another step closer to that feat. He was named a freshman All-American his first year as a Blue Hen after batting .285 with a team-high 12 home runs, 46 RBIs, 28 extra-base hits and a slugging percentage of .565. Patten's sophomore year, he started 57 games, batting .312, and led the team with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs. A power hitter, Patten had 25 extra-base hits as a sophomore."