Grayslake Central catcher Kristian Meehan graduated with impressive numbers and skills on the baseball field but minimal scholarship interest from colleges. Meehan was planning to go the junior college route, but that changed this summer and a couple of weeks ago he decided to play Division I baseball at Eastern Illinois.
“I’m really happy for Kristian and his family,” said Rams coach Troy Whalen in a news release. "This is a kid who should be playing high level baseball somewhere and his dream has come true. It just goes to show you how important timing is in this game. There were a lot of moving parts and Kristian remained patient, put up some unbelievable numbers this spring and he is being awarded.”
Meehan helped lead Grayslake Central to a 30-win season and third supersectional appearance in six years. He set a school record with 57 RBI and hit .360 with 4 homers and 14 doubles. Whalen said few teams ran on him when he was behind the plate.
“Kristian is a guy that (assistant) coach (Skylar) Meade saw at a Parkland (junior college) camp a year ago, and was awed with his power at the plate and potential because of his size," said Eastern Illinois head coach Jim Schmitz. "He is sculpted and could truly be a late steal for us. He will vie for time behind the dish, but with the juice in his bat he may get time really early in his career.”
Meehan extends the streak of Grayslake Central baseball players going on to the Division I level to five years with SS Matt Schmidt (Yale, 2008), P Aaron Snyder (Southern Illinois, 2009), P Matt Murphy (Southern Illinois, 2010) and SS Austin Miller (Butler, 2011).