LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - In the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted a Barbe Buccaneer.
Now Kevin Berard is hoping to become a Brewer very soon.
Berard has signed a professional contract with Milwaukee's organization. He will leave on June 13th for rookie ball in Arizona.
"The past few days just me getting drafted and me signing with them actually (on June 10th) and the news that I'm leaving (June 13th) is real exciting," Berard said.
After the draft, Berard had to choose between going to school at LSU-Eunice and playing baseball there or signing with the Brewers' organization. He decided to go pro and says it wasn't an easy call to make.
"It was a tough decision but then I noticed not many kids get to live their dream," Berard said. "And I've got an opportunity to live my dream so why not take it while it's on the table."
With the first big step of his professional career right in front of him, is Berard nervous?
"I'm real nervous," Berard said. "Maybe if I would've had two weeks notice or something, but I'm ready to go."
His dream is to make it to the Major League level, but Berard knows it takes a lot of hard work to get there.
"Everyone's expectations are to make it to the big leagues, of course," Berard said. "I expect myself to go up there and play hard like I've been playing and just strive to be the best that I can, be better than the next person, and beat them out for their position."
Berard will start out as a catcher in the Brewers' organization.