Clay Caulfield balanced a worn Bible in his lap as he grasped the outstretched hands of fellow worshippers in the cramped church office. His eyes closed tight, he bowed his head in prayer, his words spilling forth in a fervent stream.
“We pray for your guidance, God, as you change us and make us grow,” Caulfield said to a chorus of “Amens.”
This time last year, the tall, toned 23-year-old would have been on the mound, pitching for the College of Charleston Cougars. Those days are behind him.
Just weeks after being drafted by the New York Yankees last June, the hard-throwing right-hander decided to hang up his cleats and pursue a higher calling: working as a servant of God. Caulfield walked away from the Yankees, gave up his sports scholarship and hasn’t played baseball since.