Rising Star: Hays’ Dylan Dreiling
HAYS, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Of all the big cities in the world, some MLB scouts’ interests have been peaking for a western Kansas kid - and Dylan Dreiling of Hays High School has been backing up the hype.
Dreiling has been committed to Tennessee since before his freshman year at Hays, and his senior season is finally here. At the plate, he has been everything the Vols and the Indians could want.
“It just seems like every ball he hits on barrel and it gets hit hard,” said Hays Head Coach Dustin Dreher.
Through 11 games Dreiling has hit six home runs. His big power so far has been drawing attention from some MLB teams as some scouts have been following the Hays Indians this season.
Dreiling said he tries not to buy much into the national attention, but said he is grateful to be bringing some recognition to not only himself, but his home state.
“There’s a lot of big names from Florida, Georgia, all the big baseball states,” he said. “To me, it feels like I’ve been slept on throughout high school and I’m just trying to prove that I’m still here.”
Dreiling committed to Tennessee when they were just near a .500 record. Fast forward to this season, Dreiling is heading to the most dominant team in college baseball. The Volunteers currently sit at a record of 38-3.
“I’m super excited,” Dreiling said. “They’re obviously the best team in the country this season. They are looking good.”
Dreher said that Dreiling’s success is no surprise and traces back to his work ethic.
“It just didn’t come to him; I mean, he’s a gifted athlete, but the kid works his tail off,” Dreher said. “He’s always been that way. He’s just a field rat and the kids earned every everything he’s gotten so far.”
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