by LYDIA COBB

Field of Dreams

Remember dreaming of careers as a child? Thomas Eshelman does. He joined the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League West Draft this fall in the second round pick as 46th overall. “Ever since I was a child I wanted to achieve this dream and to be actually living it is surreal,” reflected Thomas. “It’s an honor to become part of an up-and-coming team because it means that they see me as a piece of their overall puzzle.”

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This is a major year. Before Thomas headed to the Dominican Republic for a MLB cultural tour in October, he was the grand marshal at his alma mater’s homecoming festivities. Carlsbad High School’s Lancer Day Assembly honored Thomas’ achievements as a star pitcher by inducting him into the CHS Hall of Fame and retiring his jersey. At the assembly he took a photo with attending children from Magnolia Elementary, where he began school. Thomas remembered, “The kids reminded me of how special Lancer Day was to me at that age and for me to be a part of it, especially as the grand marshal, gives me goose bumps.”


MEET THOMAS

Name: Thomas Eshelman
Community: Carlsbad
School: CSU Fullerton, Carlsbad High School graduate
Parents: Dave and Rosemary Eshelman
Sibling: Sam (29)
Favorite Spots in Carlsbad: Fidels (Nortes), Mexico Viejo, Beach St., my couch, Warm Waters Surf Shop


As a pitcher for CSU Fullerton Titans, he was named All-American for three years. He participated in the 2014 USA Collegiate National Team, First Team Big West for two years, was Freshman Pitcher of the Year, and holds the lowest Earned Run Average (ERA) in school history. “The Titans teach their players the game of baseball on another level,” shared Thomas. “The relationships made can set you up for a job later on down your career.” Thomas was a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award sponsored by the MLB. “It gave me the confidence that I was able to play at the same level as those guys,” he added, “and only made me want to achieve higher.”

It’s not all baseball. But being around baseball players, he mentioned, drew him into fishing, golfing, and relaxing with friends. Spring Training is in February. No doubt Thomas will miss his hometown. “Its people,” he added, “Because everyone is so involved with everything in the community and it makes it a special place to grow up.” We’ll be proud to welcome him home on a visit from his first season on the mound.