Pride of Wentzville is music to team’s ears

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So the Nationals didn’t take my recommendation and take a position player with the sixth selection in yesterday’s baseball draft, but only because the two position players they had targeted that high — Mike Moustakas and Josh Vitters — were already taken.

Sometimes, though, things have a way of working out, and the Nationals’ selection of left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler in the sixth slot was absolutely inspiring.

The only thing better would have been if his name was John instead of Ross. Then we could have heard this every time he took the mound years from now at the new ballpark: “Go Johnny, go, go. Johnny B. Goode.”

Why? Because Ross Detwiler today is the second most famous person to come out of Wentzville, Mo.

The first? Chuck Berry. Yes, the father of rock ‘n’ roll.

Maybe they could just play the Wentzville song for Detwiler. Yes, this small railroad town of about 18,000 people had a song written about it by George Thorogood — a tribute, of course, to Chuck Berry called “Back to Wentzville.”

I’m goin’ back to Wentzville/

Have myself a really good time/

Back to Wentzville/

Leave these Memphis blues behind.

Can he pitch? Today he can. They all can hit 50 home runs and strike out 20 guys on draft day. Who knows whether he will be able to pitch two or three years from now. But the Chuck Berry connection is cosmic. How can he fail, baby?

If that isn’t enough karma, how about this connection — the mascot at Detwiler’s high school in Wentzville is an Indian. Hail Hail Rock and Roll and Hail Victory.

You can’t get this kind of scouting report in Baseball America.

But for those heathens who couldn’t care less about Chuck Berry, Detwiler is a big, skinny left-hander who struck out 244 batters in 216 innings over his college career. His won-loss record this season was not good (4-5), but his team, Missouri State, had a down year as well. He had a 2.22 ERA in 14 starts and 110 strikeouts in 89 innings.

His coach at Missouri State, Keith Guttin, said Detwiler — who wasn’t even drafted out of high school — was a kid who dramatically improved and developed major league qualities while at college.

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