April 9, 2009
Adam Minichino - [email protected]
WEST POINT -- Demontez Calvert believes he will realize his potential in Scooba.
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, the West Point High School senior baseball standout already has the physical tools to be an impact player on the diamond.
In two years, Calvert hopes he can become what his soon-to-be coach first saw in him.
On Wednesday, Calvert realized a goal when he signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
Later in the day, Calvert gained another teammate when EMCC coach Tony Montgomery signed Heritage Academy first baseman/pitcher Cole Vaughan.
Montgomery feels both players have the potential to make an impact with his program, especially Calvert.
"When I saw (Calvert), Lord have mercy, he was a beast," Montgomery said. "He has a great body, big hands, and all of the tools a good pitcher needs to have."
Montgomery said there is no telling how much Calvert will benefit from six months of coaching, as opposed to the six weeks he gets with West Point High baseball coach Buddy Wyers.
He said Calvert could add 10 to 15 pounds to his frame that could help him gain two to four mph on his velocity.
If that happens, Montgomery feels Calvert will attract a lot of attention.
"His way to the next level after junior college is on the mound," Montgomery said. "Demontez''s size and his body are going to help people recognize him. He''s going to get opportunities just because of the potential of what he can develop into."
Wyers, who has coached Calvert the past three seasons, said his pitcher/infielder has learned a lot about the game in that time and that he made the right choice picking EMCC.
"He is a hard-working young man, he is very coachable, and he has some ability. I think he will do fine," Wyers said. "He is going to have to get better, and he knows he is going to have to get better and that he is going to have to work.
"The sky is the limit as long as he keeps the same mentality and he keeps his grades up like he always has and he continues his work ethic. I think he will adjust pretty well."
Calvert has been playing baseball since he was 8 years old. He said he also played football when he was in the seventh grade but knew baseball was his sport.
He credited Wyers for teaching him nearly everything he knows about the game. Now he wants to build on that knowledge and learn more to see where it can take him.
"It feels good. This is what I always wanted to do," said Calvert, who also considered East Central C.C. and Northeast Mississippi C.C.. "I feel like I am going to help out a lot. I am going to do my best."
Calvert continues to work on hitting his spots and his pitching mechanics in hopes of using his junior college experience to earn a scholarship to play baseball at a four-year school.
"I can cope with (the transition to college)," Calvert said. "I am going to work hard and try to do my best every pitch and every inning. I can be way better because you learn something new every day."
Adam Minichino is the Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.