WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) — Williamsville East catcher Joe Mack continues to make a name for himself.
The soon to be senior is gearing up for what he hopes to be one last season of high school baseball, but is also preparing for a prestigious event only 54 players from around the country will take part in.
"This could help me with my career down the road and help me get to the MLB," Mack said. "It'll also help develop me as a person."
Mack has earned an invite to the Perfect Game All-American Classic next week in Oklahoma, featuring the best players from around the country. In the past, the event has featured big names such as Buster Posey and Bryce Harper. He hopes his journey will inspire younger athletes in Western New York to follow their dreams.
"I just want to show them that it is possible and no matter where you're from, if you put your mind to it, you can do it," he said.
Mack is committed to play college baseball at Clemson but may have a chance to go straight to the pros. He's currently the no. 2 catching prospect in the country for the Class of 2021 and if he is drafted, he'll follow in the footsteps of his brother Charlie who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2018.
Part of being in the All-American Classic is getting involved in the Oklahoma community. Mack will be interacting with pediatric cancer patients at The OK Kids Korral, and is raising funds to support kids in America's most under-served communities across America with the Perfect Game Cares Rise Campaign. You can donate or find more information here.