Former Lakewood Ranch High baseball standout Cas Dean is coming home.
The pitcher/shortstop spent his first year at Palm Beach Atlantic College. He played fall ball, but was academically ineligible during the fall and decided to come and attend State College of Florida.
Dean said SCF head coach Tim Hill has offered him an opportunity to walk on and that is all he was seeking. He sees himself more as pitcher than shortstop for the Manatees.
“At Lakewood Ranch, I was mainly a pitcher, but played outfield a lot during my senior year (2009) because we were down an outfielder,” Dean said.
Dean will be playing in the IMG Academies Wooden Bat League this summer for the second time where he expects to pitch and play shortstop.
“You pitch differently against guys with wooden bats and throw a lot more inside,” Dean said. “I like hitting more with wooden bats because I don’t try to hit as many homers and wind up getting a lot more line drives. I also like wooden bats because you can actually feel the ball coming off the bat.”