Richard Palacios grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended Berkely Carroll School.
During his high school career, Palacios recorded a .450 average with five home runs and 32 stolen bases as a senior. Palacios earned All-Brooklyn honors after hitting .486, six doubles, three triples and 44 stolen bases as a junior.
After his high school career, Palacios was given the opportunity to continue his collegiate career playing at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.
During his freshman season at Towson, Palacios became the first Tiger to be named CAA Rookie of the Year after starting in all 54 games. During those 54 games, Palacios hit .329, six doubles, five triples, six home runs and 38 RBIs. Palacios safely reached base in 48 games including a 21-game stretch.
During his sophomore season, Palacios finished by hitting .338, 14 double, three triples, five home runs, 29 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.
I asked Palacios what the hard transition was as he was from high school to Towson and he said, “Hardest part of transitioning was probably the speed of the game, it got a lot quicker but the more I played in games the easier it became.”
Due to his success in both high school and college, Palacios heard his name called in the 3rd Round in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
I asked him what that experience was like being drafted in the 3rd round and he said, “the experience was amazing it has been my dream to play professional baseball and it came true, but that is just one step to my overall goal which is to be a hall of famer. After the draft the first thing I did was go straight to the batting cage because the grind continued.”
Now a member of the Cleveland Indians system, Palacios continues to play baseball as a member of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League. Through 19 games, Palacios hit .397, four doubles, one triple, two home runs, 15 RBIs and stole two bases. I asked Palacios what his experience has been like with the Valley Scrappers and he said, “Playing for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers has been amazing, the coaches continue to be there to help us develop as players, the positive atmosphere has been awesome, and as a group we continue to have fun on and off the field together.”
I asked Palacios what baseball player he looked up to growing up and he said, “Always looked up to my uncle, Rey Palacios, who made it to the major leagues despite signing as a free agent for not a lot of money. He has taught me so many valuable lessons and signifies the true meaning of hard work.”
Playing baseball runs in the Palacios’ family as his brother, Joshua, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 4th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. His uncle Rey signed a rookie deal with the Kansas City Royals where he played from 1988-1990. In the MLB his uncle hit .193, five doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs.
Palacios has an incredible amount of talent as he possess both power and speed. This young man is aggressive both offensively and defensively and will continue to succeed in the league! Sooner than later, Palacios will find himself in the MLB as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Make sure you check out the Mahoning Valley Scrappers as this young man takes the league by storm!