MILTON, Ga – While people celebrated America’s independence on July 4, Dylan Cease, a former Milton High School baseball player, celebrated signing a contract to play for the Chicago Cubs.
Cease and his family had been waiting with baited breath all summer to know whether he would be signing to play for the Chicago Cubs or attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The whole recruiting process was stressful and fun at the same time, and I have a lot of good memories to keep of that,” said Cease.
The Cubs chose Cease in the sixth round on draft day. Ever since, Cease had to be ready to fly to Arizona at the drop of a hat to negotiate and have a physical checkup with the major league team.
Early in his senior year baseball season, Cease hurt his arm from pitching.
After signing with the Cubs, the pitcher traveled to Pensacola, Florida, to have surgery on his arm on July 22. The surgery, known as “Tommy John” surgery, replaces a ligament in the elbow with a tendon from somewhere else in the body. It will take about a year to rehabilitate before Cease will be back up to full speed pitching.
Cease’s love for baseball began when he was 4 years old. Cease grew up in Milton with his parents and twin brother, Alec.
“Since my dad was always the coach, and Alec and I played together on teams, it felt family oriented. My family never missed a game,” Cease said.
Dylan and Alec played on Wills Park youth teams together for years. Both grew up traveling all over the state to play baseball. As soon as Cease joined the Milton High School baseball team, he was in the spotlight as a pitcher.
“I don’t know what it is about baseball. I just love watching it, I love playing it, I love practicing. It’s all fun to me. It’s been nothing but fun, so it’s naturally easy for me to keep playing it,” Cease said.
Now, Cease is in Mesa, Arizona, where he’s going through rehabilitation from surgery. After Cease heals, he will start training and playing with the Arizona Rookie League.