ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – If you were going to build a baseball player, you would build Century shortstop Mac Horvath.
The junior star has all five tools — speed, power, fielding, arm strength, and hitting for average. He’s a smooth 6-1 athlete that dominates the game in a multitude of ways, and has caught the eyes of big league scouts. When you have this much talent, how do you get better?
“[I’m] just kind of focusing on the little things that will set me apart because when you get to the high levels, everyone is a really good athlete and really good at everything,” said Horvath. “It’s just kind of little things you have to pick on that will separate you from the pack.”
The North Carolina Tarheel commit and legit top-two round MLB draft prospect is having a sensational junior campaign — hitting .367 with a .569 on base percentage, stealing 14 bases and scoring 23 runs. And oh yeah, in 10 and 1/3 innings pitched, he has 24 strike outs. He’s already the top recruit in Minnesota, but Mac has his eyes on something greater.
“He wants to be the number 1 player in his class,” said Century head coach Vinnie Mannese. “He’s getting pretty close it as it is right now. He’s determined. He could probably do whatever he wants to do.”
Horvath has the talent to get to the highest level of the sport, and major league teams have given him a look. The Texas Rangers stopped by to check him out last month against Austin. But he knows the road to the show has many exits that don’t end at the big league level.
“There’s still a long way to go,” he said. “It’s going to be a long road until I get to where I want to be one day. I’m just working every day to get better.”
Mac Horvath of the Century Panthers baseball team is this week’s KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.