Former Lawton High baseball star returns home after first season in the minor leagues

Former Lawton High baseball star returns home after first season in the minor leagues

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -After being drafted and playing his first short season in the minor leagues for the Kansas City Royals, Lawton grad, Holden Capps is back at his old stomping grounds.

While enjoying some time off but still working out, 7News caught up with Capps to find out how he hopes to inspire other local athletes in Southwest Oklahoma that they too can accomplish anything.

With the 240th pick in the 8th Round of the 2017 Major League Draft... The Kansas City Royals selected left handed pitcher, Holden Capps.

"It was kind of surreal," said Capps. "I didn't really know what to think and it didn't really set in until I got to Arizona and got around the other guys and put on the shirts and the hats. It's something that I never really thought would ever happen. It's always in the back of your head as a little kid. I want to be a professional athlete."

Capps started his baseball career at Lawton High. He then went on to play at Redlands Community College in El Reno before transferring to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. In 2017, he transferred to UCO in Edmond.

He says although Pro-ball life is fun...it's nice to come home and humble yourself. His goal is to interact with younger athletes in the community.

"It's really nice to come back and talk to family, talk to friends, talk to old coaches and honestly, I really like talking to kids," said Capps. "I used to look up to people growing up and now I am one of those people that gets looked up to and so it's really nice to talk to them."

Capps offers his best advice to the other athletes from Southwest Oklahoma hoping to follow his footsteps one day...

"If you don't have good grades then college coaches are not going to want you because they can't risk you not making the grades," said Capps. "Not only that, it's being a good teammate. That's where I learned how to progress as a player myself."


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