PATERSON, NJ - Standing at 6’ 3” and gripping a baseball tightly, Nazier Mule looks every part a Major League pitcher.
Considered a five-tool player, with the ability to pitch a ball past an opposing batter at 94 miles per hour, and maintaining a cool demeanor under pressure on Tuesday appearing before the Paterson City Council, Mule seems destined for greatness.
His attendance, at the invitation of Sixth Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz, comes on the heels of the phenom being named the top New Jersey high school baseball prospect for the Class of 2022, and 13th in the nation.
“Nazir could have played for any high school,” Abdelaziz said. “He chose to stay and play locally (for PCTI), and continues to play on the Paterson Pony League.”
“Paterson has talent, we need to look out for Nazier.”
Asked about his love for the sport said simply that it has “brought (him) everywhere,” from an early age. Mule, his uncle added, began swinging a wiffle ball bat “when he was in pampers” and started playing T-ball at just four years old.
Admitting his grades could have been a little bit better his first year of high school, Mule said he will continue to work hard academically because he “need(s) to have good grades to play baseball.” What he does in the classroom, he said, is just as important as what he does on the field.
Mule has Major League dreams, hoping to play for his beloved New York Yankees, a tribute to his model player, Derek Jeter. “He was leaders on the field and off, he played the game well.”
The athlete left no doubt of his passion to progress in the sport, and his coach and family left no doubt that the willingness to work overflows in Mule. If he does make it to stardom, the athlete promised, he won’t forget where he came from.
“I want to make the fields here better,” Mule said. “I want to help kids with achieve the same dreams I have.”
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