After being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the seventeenth round of the recent Major League Baseball (MLB) entry draft, Victoria native Nic Cuckovich had a tough, but good decision to make – stay in college or forego his schooling to sign a pro contract.
Cuckovich, currently attending Riverside Community College (RCC) in California, was planning on attending the University of Hawaii next season, but his being drafted will put those plans on hold. "I am thrilled to have been drafted by the Royals" notes Cuckovich. "I have decided to sign with the Royals instead of playing another year of college ball. It is a great opportunity and I am looking forward to playing at the professional level." The announcement means that instead of heading to Hawaii, Cuckovich will report to Arizona to join the Royals rookie league team.
A sophmore at RCC, Cuckovich was the lone RCC Tiger selected by an MLB club and the highest of three players selected from the Orange Empire Conference which includes nine southern California colleges in total. Although he projects as a third baseman in the pros, Cuckovich spent most of 2011 in the Tigers' middle infield where he batted .286 with one home run, and fifteen RBIs despite being hindered by a hand injury for part of the year.