Former Missoula Maverick and Carroll College basketball player Riley King made a life changing decision last month. He signed with the Kansas City Royals and packed his bags to start his pro career in the rookie league in Arizona.
"To be honest it's been the best experience possible in terms of the Royals organization making you feel comfortable as far as meeting your teammates and easing you into everything," said Riley King.
King has played in eight games so far this season and is batting .207 in his first 29 at bats. King says the biggest difference between the rookie league and legion baseball is the number of quality pitchers.
"Well the pitcher they throw a lot harder and have better off speed, it takes time and getting to see those pitchers on a consistent basis helps," said King.
King says his coaches prepared him more than enough on the field to make the jump to the next level, but forgot to teach him one thing, how to speak Spanish.
"Probably about 80% of our team is Spanish speaking kids so I've been able to learn a little bit of Spanish communicating with those guys and getting to know their background and culture," said King.
Just over a month ago King was a college kid, now he's a pro ballplayer, but he didn't really consider himself that until he got his first paycheck.
"It's pretty crazy and I have never had a job before I came here to play baseball and when I realized I get paid to play baseball, I mean it's an amazing opportunity and I am very blessed for that," said King.
King says he hasn't purchased anything big yet and will probably just put most of it in the bank,