Growing up in Wisconsin, Ripon native Michael Polcyn was a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers.
His allegiance, at least for now, will change to one of his home state team’s biggest rivals.
The Ripon High School and Ripon College standout agreed to a free agent deal last week Friday with the St. Louis Cardinals’ rookie-league affiliate, which competes in the Gulf Coast League (GCL).
It came just two days after Polcyn went undrafted in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.
“I guess I really didn’t even think about that,” Polcyn said about being a Brewers’ fan and joining the Cardinals’ organization. “I’m just glad that I got a chance to continue to play baseball at a higher level.”
Polcyn reported Monday to Jupiter, Fla., which is the home of the GCL Cardinals. The Cardinals, who won the East Division last year, open their season Monday, June 22 against the GCL Nationals at 11 a.m. Central time.
The deal with the Cardinals came about after Polcyn filled out a questionnaire form via email and sent it in to the organization.
He had done the same thing with many other teams in the previous weeks and did not think anything of it until his phone rang.
“I honestly didn’t even know they were going to contact me, but they just called [last week Friday],” said Polcyn, who was attending a Ripon High School golf outing at the time. “It kind of got the heart beating a little bit, seeing if it was the call or not. I was hoping it would come, and then it did.”