David Yocum (’93) – Baseball
David willed his own success with his work ethic ….. literally transforming from an below average JV pitcher throwing 75 miles an hour to the best pitcher in Dade County, throwing a 93 mile an hour fastball. He’s perseverance and drive was awarded with a baseball scholarship to Florida State University where he continued his amazing run ….
During his two years in Tallahassee he helped the Seminoles reach the College World Series both years …. He was named first team All-America as a sophomore and was selected to play on Team USA – a group of college players who ended up representing the United States in the 1996 Olympics …. But David never made it to those Olympics because in the summer of 1995, he was selected by the Los Angeles. Dodgers in the first round of the Major League baseball draft. He was the 20th player taken overall …..
Unfortunately, David’s professional career was cut short by injury. Over the course of two years, he made just 14 starts for the Dodgers Class A team in Vero Beach ….. despite a Herculean rehabilitation effort – David was never able to get back to professional baseball.