Hermosillo decides on pro baseball
Michael Hermosillo did some Internet perusing prior to last Thursday.
It didn't have to do with the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft.
Ticket prices. For the NBA Finals.
"I saw some front-row seats were going for about $25,000," the Miami Heat fan said with a laugh. "Maybe I could buy one."
The Ottawa (Ill.) native and Class of 2013 Illinois football signee was joking at the time.
He couldn't afford to splurge on an item like that.
Now he possibly could. If he wanted to.
Hermosillo signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday, one day after he was drafted by the Angels in the 28th round of Saturday's MLB Draft.
The outfielder wouldn't release full terms of his contract, but did say it was worth more than $100,000 plus it guaranteed the worth of his football scholarship was paid for as well.
He reports to the Angels' rookie summer team in Tempe, Ariz., this Sunday, where he will stay until late August.
Hermosillo will have September off and plans to take in a few Illinois games, especially with the Illini not traveling out of the state until October.
When October arrives, Hermosillo will head west again for fall instructional league ball in Arizona.
The news means the running back/wide receiver won't be heading to Champaign anytime soon to start a college football career with Illinois.
If he does decide to return to football, Hermosillo would retain all of his eligibility.
For now, though, the 18-year-old nephew of former Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stewart, who is also Hermosillo's agent, is trying his hand in baseball.
"I honestly just felt that pro baseball was the best decision for me," said Hermosillo, who credited his parents, Krysta and Gilbert Hermosillo in helping with the decision. "It's a better option long term because of the fact that in the contract, school will be paid for, and I'm surrounded by a great support system."
Hermosillo — who traveled to Champaign on Sunday morning to meet with Illinois coach Tim Beckman, wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy and recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh — said even with those factors, the decision didn't come easy.
Quite the contrary.
"The decision was the hardest one I've ever made in my life," Hermosillo said. "(It was) even harder to go down to Champaign to talk with Coach Beckman, Coach Bellamy and Coach Golesh. Every one of them is like family to me and offered me the opportunity to play Big Ten football. They know I appreciate everything they did for me. I didn't have my mind set on one thing more than the other until I weighed my pros and cons."