Oakland Athletics farmhand Bo Schultz is a long shot at best to make the parent club. The current Kane County Cougars hurler went undrafted after a senior season at Northwestern in which he went 3-8 with a 9.23 ERA. His junior year wasn't much better, as he went 0-2 with a 8.82 ERA in 17 appearances.
Currently, the single A middle reliever is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA for the Cougars. Sure those are solid numbers, but he's not very high on the scouts' radar. However, these facts didn't keep him from living the dream last Wednesday night, as he got to pitch in a big league park, as part of the "Road to Wrigley," an annual Minor League game
pitting the Cougars against the Cubs' affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs. "Luckily I got a chance to get out there and it was pretty cool. I've been at a loss for words the entire day," Schultz said of the experience.
During his time at Northwestern, Schultz became a Chicago Cubs die-hard. "It's one of those things where you just jump into the culture, just being a short L ride away, definitely pretty easy to facilitate," he stated.
Schultz is originally from Texas, but his mom is from the North Shore. Chicago is definitely home to him these days, and Northwestern football is truly in his heart.
"The team is on the up and up and getting better and better recruiting classes. Coach Fitz is doing a great job with the team. Every year people try to spit on Northwestern, put them at the bottom of the Big Ten, but every year they have one or two big upsets," Schultz said.
He's also taken notice of the progress Dr. Jim Phillips has made since he took over as Athletic Director in Evanston.
"His first year was my senior year, and you can tell he was looking forward to embracing NU as a whole. Mark Murphy left a great legacy, and Phillips stepped in and he's done a tremendous job improving NU sports across the board," he said.
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