SANTA CLARITA, CA — Baseball season is in full swing.
Fil-Am Kai Caranto is one of the top baseball prospects in the country, and he’s headed off to Westlake Harvard High School.
Caranto was named to the U.S. national team once again, after training with the 14 and underdevelopment program roster in North Carolina last week.
He leveled up and was selected to play with the 15-and-under national team at the pan-American games in September.
“Playing the game I don’t really get much pressure — because I’m just out there to have fun and get my 100 percent effort. You’re going to have some downfalls during the game of baseball, but that always happens. That always happens in life in everything, but just being around the amount of talent I am around is just amazing and it makes me better as a player.”
Baseball is in his blood — Kai’s dad, Rainel Caranto, played college ball at the University of Santo Thomas, and for the Philippine National Team.
Rainel is a well-regarded baseball coach throughout Southern California and founded ASAP baseball academy which Kai is a part of.
Just 2 years ago, Kai helped the 12-U national Ttam win the U-12 World Cup.
“At a young age it was just for fun… I didn’t really start noting the opportunities that you get until like last year. Last year is when my career just took off and getting calls and more opportunities from coaches that are in the higher level. This year I’ve just been working really hard.”
Unlike the other pro sports leagues, it’s common for Major League Baseball to draft and sign high profile high school students to multimillion dollars contracts however it’s not yet on Kai’s mind.
For now, the 14-year-old incoming freshman is focused to make his mark at a high school that has cranked out many NFL and Major League Baseball Stars.
“There’s a lot of talent in high school so I just gotta focus on high school and college, and I just gotta keep working hard give my 100% effort.”
And he looks forward to giving that full effort when he trains in Houston next month, before the 15-U team heads to The Pan American championships will in Mexico.