NEW YORK--Ryan Dorow, who just completed his senior season in record setting fashion, was drafted Wednesday by the Texas Rangers with the 914th overall pick in the 30th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Draft.
"This has always been a dream of mine since I was a young kid and for it to actually happen is amazing," Dorow said about being drafted. "I'm so thankful for the gifts I'v been given from the good Lord above. I couldn't have made it without all those gifts and the support from my girlfriend, family, and friends."
The shortstop from South Haven, Mich., is the second Bulldog ever drafted (joining second baseman Sherwin Rogers, Baltimore Orioles, 1974 Third Round), seventh NCAA Division III product in 2017, and 20th player with Michigan ties chosen this week.
"This is a great honor for Ryan and Adrian College Baseball. The Texas Rangers drafted a baseball guy today," said Coach Craig Rainey, who has compiled a 619-401 (.608) Adrian and career record in his 24 years at the helm. "I know that Ryan will have a tough road ahead to get to Major Leagues, but I know one thing about him is he will show up and work everyday.
"Ryan has paved his way to this day and being drafted through his hard work and dedication. He has spent his life on the baseball field and now gets to do what every little leaguer dreams of playing professional against the best.
"He loves the game and loves to compete and the Rangers got a quality player and even better person," Rainey said.
Arguably the most decorated Bulldog in team history with five All-America citations from two organizations under his belt, Dorow set or tied 22 school single-season and career benchmarks this spring. The American Baseball Coaches Association made him third-team All-America during his freshman and junior years. He is three-time D3baseball All-American (2014 Third Team/National Rookie of the Year), 2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Third Team) and four-time all-region first team standout.
"I wouldn't trade the time at Adrian for the world as it was a great fit for me on and off the field. I loved putting the Bulldog jerseys on every day and playing for Adrian College as a whole. Adrian will always have a special place in my heart because of all the successes on and off the field," reflected Dorow.
This spring, he set school single-season records with 187 at-bats, 166 assists, 41 double plays turned and 112 total bases. He led the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with 54 runs batted in, which ranked 14th in NCAA Division III, and eight triples for fifth in the country and batted a career-best .401. Dorow became the first three-time MIAA Most Valuable Player in baseball.
Dorow is the school's career record holder in games started/played (179), sacrifice flies (15), assists (570), home runs (25), runs scored (179) and RBI (188).
"Ryan led our team for the past four years both on the field and off. His character, work ethic are equal to the number he put offensively. He is a guy that can do many things hit for average or power and can play defense with the best of them," stated Rainey.
Dorow, who graduated with a sports management degree, ended his college career as the Division III active career leader with 267 hits, 57 doubles and 425 total bases.
"I head out to Arizona on Monday to start my professional career," Dorow said. "I'm excited to see what pro ball is all about but I do realize that I have more to prove if I want to be where I want to be as well."
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