Josh Almonte was sitting on the subway when he received a phone call that may change his life.
He was headed to his Corona home yesterday afternoon after school when his phone began buzzing. It was Toronto Blue Jays area scout Michael Pesce informing the Long Island City outfielder the club had taken him in the 22nd round (685th overall) of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
“I didn’t want to seem crazy on the train, so I stayed quiet,” he said. “On the inside, I was definitely yelling.”
A late bloomer, Almonte broke out over the summer with the New York Grays travel organization and drew the attention of several major league teams with his broad 6-foot-3 frame, speed, arm strength from the outfield and power. He