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Lynn's Beltran has bright future, even after playing days are over

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Lynn's Rigo Beltran speaks with baseball coach Rudy Garbalosa. (WPEC)

Delray Beach native Rigo Beltran was born on a baseball field, and this week, he was taken in the Major League Baseball Draft. But on the day the son of a major league player is reporting to his new team, he all ready has in mind, what's going to happen after his career is over.

Lynn University's Rigo Beltran is still riding sky high, days after being taken in the 31st round of the Major League Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

"Euphoric," says Beltran. "You dream about it when you first start playing as a kid. I'm still coming to grips with it."

Beltran is a second generation baseball player - his dad, who shares his name, played in the majors in the late 90s, and has spent a career in coaching.

Still - all was quiet from MLB scouts, until about a month ago. Mariners scout Dan Rovetto, a Lynn grad, started calling about Beltran. While he's a talented pitcher, there was something else that made him a worthwhile draft pick.

"He was interested in a career beyond baseball. They're considering me to work in the organization, after my playing career is over."

Beltran all ready has his degree in entrepreneurship, and is getting his MBA in financial management. He was the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He even traveled to Nicaragua for social work with coffee farmers.

"To see that paying off in the long run, to see it helping me realize my childhood dream of playing baseball while also working toward my others dreams that have come along the way is really gratifying."

Rigo's future as a baseball player looks bright - but his career after, is brighter.

The Atlantic High grad flew to Mariners team headquarters on Friday, and has his first physical with the team Saturday.

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