MLB Draft: UL Ragin’ Cajun star Hayden Cantrelle Interview

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Hayden Cantrelle from the University of Louisiana. He is the starting shortstop on his team and is the 55th ranked prospect on MLB.com’s Top 100 draft prospect list. His junior season was cut short due to COVID-19.

How long have you been playing baseball?

Answer: 17 years

Do you have an all-time favorite player or an athlete that you idolize?

Answer: I think it changes over time. I think Francisco Lindor is my favorite baseball player. My favorite athlete of all time is probably Barry Sanders.

How would you describe yourself as a player?

Answer: I would say that I’m positive and energetic!

According to multiple sources, you are a likely second-rounder. Do you plan on playing professional baseball?

Answer: The draft is a long time away from now. When that time gets here, we will see.

Obviously, as an athlete, you have to manage schoolwork and baseball-related activities. Is it tough being a student-athlete?

Answer: It is definitely a grind. I have learned so many important life lessons through being a student-athlete.

I know you started up a YouTube channel. What made you decide to make that?

Answer: I just enjoy making videos and editing them. Plus people have actually enjoyed my stuff.

What made you choose UL?

Answer: I chose UL because it was the right fit for me. I also got to play in front of my hometown community.

What is your “go-to” walk-up song?

Answer: My go-to walk-up song has been “I got 5 on it” because I am #5.


Hayden was a pleasure to work with. He is projected as a 2nd round pick in the MLB draft and has very good potential. Once again we would like to thank Hayden Cantrelle for his time and we hope that he continues to succeed in the foreseeable future.

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