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Freshman on the Rise

Ryan Dobratz is emerging as one of the top prospects in the state
Caitlin McDonnell
Freshman Ryan Dobratz (middle) poses with teammates and seniors Drew Smith and Cohen Waldren said.

This past month and a half, freshman Ryan Dobratz has not only been catching baseballs, but catching the eyes of varsity coaches and professional showcase programs such as PBR (Prep Baseball Report).  

Currently, on PBR, he is ranked the 8th best baseball player in the state of Missouri. He also gets invited to showcases, such as the baseball recruiting company Perfect Game. This means that he is getting invited to a baseball field with a select number of other kids, getting to show off what you can do on the diamond. At these showcases, there are College, Minor League, and sometimes Major League scouts, looking for young prospects that could have the potential to play very elite level baseball after high school.

Playing on the No. 1 team in Missouri is also bound to have you looked at. Three kids on his team are ranked 10 or above in the state of Missouri. His team is called, “Legacy.” This is the team that he will play for once high school ball is over. They have also acquired some new players this offseason that are going to further improve their chances of winning. Players including Cole Chambers, currently the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Missouri, Max Partney, the No. 5 ranked player in Missouri, and of course, Ryan himself. 

“High school ball is fun and all, but my club team is so good, it will be something special,” Dobratz said reviewing his stat line his past couple games. 

It’s no accident that the freshman is ranked No. 8 in the state of Missouri. He features a fastball that hums up to as high as 87 miles per hour. Those are major league type numbers. As he’s proven so far, the foreseeable future for Ryan Dobratz is very bright.

“He (Dobratz) is probably one of the best players and people I’ve ever been around,” teammate Hayden Schwab said.

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Seager Gipson
Seager Gipson, Reporter
Seager Gipson is a freshman and it's his first year of journalism and his first year at his high school. He loves playing baseball during the summer, and enjoys doing stuff outside. He is very competitive and driven at whatever he does. He wants to play baseball in college at a high level school like LSU. But before that he wants to play four years of high school baseball. He loves building a name for himself. When he is bored he listens to music, preferably rappers like Drake, and Future.  
Caitlin McDonnell
Caitlin McDonnell, Reporter
Caitlin McDonnell is a junior and this her first year in journalism. She loves photography and graphic design as well as writing stories. Outside of school she works at a retail store, Maurices, where she helps many different people with fashion. In the summer she works as a lifeguard at Twin Chimneys Pool. During her free time she loves hanging out with friends and family, reading, and taking many photos of nature and people. When she graduates she wants to be a photographer for various events. She hopes to succeed in journalism and learn more about photography for the future.

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