The MLB amatuer draft runs from June 6-8, and while he has given Illinois State a verbal commitment, there's nothing to say an enticing offer won't change his mind."A few major league teams said they're going to take a chance on me," Hecht said. "The Royals, the Mets, it's a difficult question to answer when you're 17-years old. I'm not going to rule the MLB out, the draft is not ruled out. We'll have to see when that time comes, what round it is, what the offer is."If he doesn't go the pro route right away, Hecht will be bound to the Redbirds for at least three seasons. That's not such a bad thing, Miller said, as it will give him time to grow physically. "They want him to be able to get bigger," he said. "As a freshman he wasn't a big kid, and he ended up being 6 feet, 2 inches. He's going to fill out in college."Whether he turns pro this summer, or has a memorable career with the Redbirds, Hecht has some hefty goals on his mind. "A lot of people would be satisfied to make it to the next level," he said. "I want to the best, the one that everyone remembers. I kind of hope to bring Effingham with me, put central Illinois on the map."
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