Many young men dream of being a star in some way or fashion, but first, you have to take steps to reach that goal.
For one young man, his dream was to be a Major League Baseball superstar. That young man's name is, Jose Rondon.
Rondon is a prospect in the Los Angeles Angels organization, currently playing in the California League putting up big numbers with his bat, and showing strong promise with his glove.
Rondon is currently in a spot to showcase his abilities on a large stage, the Future's Game, a game for the most elite prospects. Rondon was not originally named to the Future's Game roster, however.
When Houston Astros star prospect and former first overall pick, Carlos Correa, went down with a season ending fibula injury on June 21st, Rondon got the call that he was going to fill the spot Correa left.
"It made me very emotional," said Rondon when he was told he'd be filling the spot. "I called my family. It was nice how everything worked out, coming back to California. I feel proud and very emotional and I'm very happy to represent myself in the game."
Rondon just came off of an injury, rejoining his current affiliate, the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League, where he's been back for just three days. Rondon noted what it meant coming off an injury and having such a positive note upon his return.
"It's very important to me. It's a big step in my career and you see what happens with these guys that make it to the Future's Game, so I'm proud of that."
Rondon wants to promote his team, the Los Angeles Angels in a strong way, as well. He will be sharing this honor with organizational teammate who is currently in Low-A, Alfonso Alcantara.
"I know it's very important because it's me and [Alcantara] representing the team. It makes me feel good and proud of what I'm doing for my team and clubhouse."
Rondon is working his way towards the Majors but has dreams of being something special once he reaches that level.
"I want to take it step-by-step and worry about getting there and when I get there, I want to be star."
You can catch both Rondon playing in the Major League Baseball Futures' Game on Sunday, July 13th, at 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on the MLB Network, along with many other future Major League Baseball stars.
Scout.com would like to personally thank Angels minor league trainer, Omar Uribe, for helping translate the interview with Jose Rondon.