By: Matt Rothman
It’s been a wild season for former Coral Springs Charter baseball star and New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme.
Guillorme, who played one season for the Panthers, hit an incredible .570 with 34 runs driven in along with 17 doubles and one triple in 2013. The slick-fielding infielder transferred over from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School for his senior season.
Guillorme carried that into his professional career, getting drafted by the Mets in the tenth round with pick number 296 and quickly making his way to the big leagues.
He was the talk of spring training after his incredible 22-pitch at-bat against hard thrower Jordan Hicks of the St. Louis Cardinals. Then after the Mets suffered injuries to nearly three-fourths of their infield, the 27-year-old stepped in and played exceptionally well in the regular season.
Charlie Fine, who helped coach Guillorme at CSC, feels like many of his players can try and follow in his footsteps.
“It’s great to see Guillorme have success in the Major Leagues,” said Coach Fine. “ I have never seen a player consistently make hard contact and outwork everyone in practice. He also has some of the smoothest hands I’ve ever seen.”
On May 1, the former Panther was placed on the injured list with a strained oblique and missed nearly a month. Then, after returning, Guillorme suffered a strained hamstring and missed another month.
With only two games remaining in the regular season, Guillorme is hitting .265. He recorded his second career home run against the Cincinnati Reds this year after slashing his first in 2019 against the Washington Nationals.
Heading into 2022, Guillorme will have to work a new deal out with the Mets but should see himself once again on the roster as a part-time player behind an extremely talented infield.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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