At age 13, Ray Velazquez started hearing the talk. Coaches told him he had a future in baseball. Because of his unique versatility and ability to play almost every position on the diamond, Velazquez began to listen and learn.
As time passed, Velazquez's capabilities on the diamond were rising at a high rate. During his sophomore campaign while playing for his hometown Lowell (Mass.) High School, Velazquez batted just under .400 and swiped 15 bases.
His talents began to draw attention from a few Division 1 colleges as well. One program that remained hot on Velazquez's coat tails all along was Vanderbilt University. Back in 2019, Commodores head coach Tim Corbin reached out to Velazquez's head coach at Lowell, Dan Graham, for some feedback about his ascending player.
"I've been confident that I would be able to grasp my dream of playing for a Division 1 program,'' said Velazquez. "My dream of playing Division 1 college baseball became a reality the day I spoke with Coach Corbin.