Before last week, Cyclones pitcher Dylan Owen had only been on a plane two times in his entire life. After being drafted by the Mets last week, however, Owen has been in the air two times, a huge change for the young pitcher who enjoys hunting white tail dear and fishing for largemouth bass in the back woods of South Carolina with his trusty rod and .270 rifle.
The two recent plane rides? One took him from Francis Marion University, an hour away from his hometown of Chesterfield (population 1,318), to West Palm Beach, where he joined his future Cyclones teammates.
The next was last week, when he flew from Florida to New York in time to join his team for its first practice of the season.
If Owen looks a bit overwhelmed, it ain’t the jet lag.
Hundreds of miles away from his home and out of place in the big city, the young Goose Gossage look-a-like knows his life will never be the same.
But armed with a 93 mile-per-hour fastball and an electric slider that helped him strike out 334 hitters in 323 innings in college, the 21-year old believes he has the tools to succeed in Brooklyn.
“I know it’s going to be a big change for me — for one thing, there isn’t anywhere to hunt or wish around here,” said Owen, was named the 2007 NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year.
“But I think I’m ready.”
He did not appear in the Clones’ first two games.