Clay Calfee: From Baselines to Fence Lines
April 10, 2008
An animal science major, Calfee has it tough in the spring, having to limit his time at the ASU Ranch while he plays first base for the ASU Rams. But, despite the hectic baseball travel schedule, he still squeezes in his other favorite pastime.
I spent a lot of time at the ranch for a couple of years, Calfee said. This year I only have one lab class out there, but just the other day I went out there and we were working some sheep.
This spring is even harder on Calfee because he is a bona fide Major League Baseball prospect. Baseball America magazine named him a preseason All-American and the top prospect in NCAA Division II.
Ive been getting a bunch of stuff from pro teams, Calfee said. I have to fill out all this paperwork and I have more of that than I do schoolwork. I always tell myself Im going to work on stuff for my classes when Im on the road, but its hard to do that. Ive been pretty swamped.
Originally a catcher, Calfee was an all-district and All-Montgomery County selection for Conroe High School. But, now at 66 and 220 pounds, he has outgrown his catchers gear at ASU.
I guess I got too lanky for the position, Calfee said. I came here and caught in the fall, but it didnt really work out. So, I was pitching and playing first base. Now Im just concentrating on playing first base.
That is just fine with the ASU baseball team that almost didnt get Calfees services. He was planning to attend a junior college in the Metroplex until a scout put him in touch with ASU baseball coach Kevin Brooks.
I came out here on a visit, Calfee said. Something just didnt feel right about the other school, but it felt good here, so this is where I came. It has been a much better deal for me.
That better deal helped Calfee earn Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2006 and a spot on the 2007 All-America second team after helping lead the Rams to their first appearance at the NCAA DII College World Series.
In his limited spare time, Calfee enjoys hunting and fishing, but has still found occasion to make the Deans List and to serve on ASUs Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He is scheduled to graduate in December and, on the off-chance that baseball doesnt work out for him, he can always head back to the ranch.