“I had dreams of being a big-league ballplayer as early as I can remember,” says Colorado Rockies shortstop and two-time NL Gold Glover Troy Tulowitzki. After playing at Fremont High School (Calif.), he wasn’t recruited. He ended up enrolling at Long Beach State.
Scouts doubted Tulowitzki’s range because he’s so big. He says, “There’re a lot of people that said, ‘he will never be a shortstop in the big leagues; you might as well move him to third base.’ So there were no scouts really looking at me.”
Tulowitzki hit his stride at Long Beach, batting .310 during his three seasons while proving himself a mobile fielder. “I came a long way,” he says. “My junior year at Long Beach, I was projected to go in the first round.”
Colorado did draft him in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Now he’s a two-time All-Star and one of the best fielders in the game. Tulo turned a perceived weakness into a strength. He is an athletic shortstop who can hit for power. Have confidence in your abilities and work hard to turn your weaknesses into strengths, too.