Nate Tellier has a great story to tell all his family and friends for the rest of his life. Tellier was pitching at a showcase out in Hartford Connecticut, organized by the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox scouts. He pitched one inning topping 98 mile-per-hour on his fastball and struck out the side in order on 13 pitches, 11 for strikes. Shortly after, Nate signed a three-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. Tellier ended up graduating from UMass Dartmouth with a degree in biology.
Recently I had the chance to talk with Nate on his journey to being signed by Boston. I reached out to him on social media and shortly after got an answer-back. I asked him for his time and a few questions during the interview. Nate is a humble and motivated young man that is willing to accept any challenge in order to reach goals in his life.
Tellier told me he first started playing baseball at the age of seven and that was his first love. His favorite childhood memory playing ball was his first Home Run when he was 11. The person that he looked up to when he was young was playing was his grandfather, who helped him throughout his early years. Nate’s favorite baseball player was Dustin Pedroia because of how he conducted his actions on the field. The pitcher Nate admired growing up was former Boston closer, Johnathan Papelbon. Tellier said that he has studied Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi on their mechanics.
College scouts came to see him in his junior and senior years while attending Attleboro High. Pro scouts came to see him in his junior year of college. Nate had also said he was more a fielder than a pitcher until his junior year at UMass Dartmouth. He said signing with Boston has made him "hungrier" and changed his mentality to fully focus on the game. His dream was to make the Major's since he was young. Over the summer he entered the 2020 MLB draft but went unsigned. In his words “through the roof” on reporting to spring training March 3, 2021, to get his professional career underway.