Noah Williamson, born in Las Vegas in 2000 to a Broyarde mother, is the first Swiss player to be drafted into MLB. A childhood dream takes shape.
Noah Williamson had been hoping for this since he was little, in the children’s room in Las Vegas, covered in posters and full of bats. The 21-year-old is currently not an American Major League Baseball (MLB) player. But he is taking the road carefully, since he was drafted in the 19th round of the draft by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. He is the first Swiss to receive such a privilege.
Because yes, since his name and place of birth (Las Vegas) do not indicate it at all, Noah Williamson has a Swiss passport. He is even from French-speaking Switzerland, since his mother is from Gletterens (FR), a small town in Broyarde on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. And Romand trained, which he revealed in June 2019 in Freedom“I speak a little like a farmer,” he laughed at his local accent, in very good French. By spending all my summers in Gletterens, I took the plunge. […] It’s relaxed, I love it. In general, life in Switzerland is slower. ”
And tracks his way. Obsessed with baseball and his desire to develop in the most prestigious league in the world, the teenager quickly introduced a rhythm of life as a result: fitness, unattainable nutrition, extended training. Especially passed by Zurich Barracudas, then the university team of San Diego and Santa Barbara, Noah Williamson developed in anonymity with the Yakima Valley Pippins, when he spotted Scott Fairbanks. The latter, one of the scouts in the Miami Marlins, was quick to give his name to DJ Svihlik, director of amateur recruitment for the Florida franchise.
“What is happening is a bit surreal. This is the goal of life ”
And the dream is on its way. Noah Williamson, 1m91, had planned to study and play at a college in Oregon next season. His plans could change quickly. “He has great raw power, he can run and he is very athletic, that’s all we know about him so far,” said DJ Svihlik on the official MLB website. It was very exciting for us, we will probably send some broadcasts to see it again in the next few days. ”
Depending on the verdict, Noah Williamson will see his fate change color. “What’s happening is a bit surreal,” Broyard of Vegas said in the columns in Yakima Herald. That is the goal of life. You’ve been playing since you were five, it’s always been your dream to be drafted, to play professional baseball. ”