Former Ranger’s son making splash in baseball this summer

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As high school baseball and classes wind to a close for the summer, things are just beginning to gear up for newly graduated Colleyville Heritage standout Preston Palmeiro.

Palmeiro, son of former Texas Ranger Rafael Palmeiro, capped off his senior season by participating in the North Texas High School Baseball Coach’s Association All-Star Game on June 9 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.

Palmeiro went 1-for-2 in the game after entering in the sixth inning, roping a line-drive single into left field.

His West All-Star squad ultimately took the loss to the East All-Stars, 7-3, but beyond the stats or the outcome, it was the fun of the experience that the college-bound slugger will remember.

“It was awesome,” Palmeiro said. “I’d played against these guys all year and I knew coming in it was going to be a great game. I got to play against some great competition and it was awesome to get to suit up one last time for a high school team.”

On one hand, the all-star game was a neat bow tied on a senior season that saw Palmeiro bat .387 for Heritage, driving in 28 RBIs and hitting 3 home runs, typically from the cleanup spot in the Panthers lineup.

However, it also was the beginning of a hectic summer that will end at a college program. Which one? Not even Palmeiro knows right now.

He will spend the summer playing in leagues and tournaments with the Dallas Patriots select organization and will look to make a college decision when that season begins to wind down.

The schools still in the running for the first baseman are Oklahoma State, TCU, North Carolina and Mississippi State – in no particular order, he said after the all-star game. Two of those schools, UNC and Mississippi State, finished in the final eight of the NCAA tournament, punching tickets to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The outcome of the series could have a say in Palmeiro’s decision, he said, so he will most certainly wait until its conclusion to take his pick.

What is he looking for in a school?

“A place I’m going to get to play early and a place that’s going to compete, too, and a good coaching staff,” he said. “If you’re going to go be somewhere three to four years you want to be around good people and people that are going to treat you well.”

However, not many coaches across the country could provide the quality of hitting instruction that Palmeiro has grown up around. His father would routinely scout his son’s batting practice throughout the week to help improve his son’s hitting game.

As serious as this summer will be for Palmeiro, nothing beat the laid-back opening he experienced playing with some of the top baseball talent in North Texas.

“It was really relaxed because it wasn’t a serious game,” he said. “You get to be easy-going and you switch out the lineup and go in and play. It’s a lot easier in the box and out in the field.”

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