AZDR Prospect Snapshot: Basha 2020 Ryland Zaborowski
It’s certainly not hard to spot Ryland. At a towering 6-6 and 215 pounds, he casts a big shadow, and when he takes the baseball field it’s all business.
Prior to his freshman year, Ryland suffered an elbow injury to his throwing arm , and had a successful Tommy John ligament replacement procedure in September of 2016.
After a successful rehab effort, Ryland came on to the scene in 2018 during his sophomore season, when he was brought up to the varsity mid-way through the season. He immediately showed his value, hitting .312 and playing a solid defensive third base.
During the off-season Ryland concentrated on strength and speed training and also participated with the Diamondbacks Elite Scout Team in the fall, getting significant at bats against junior college pitchers every week. When the spring rolled around, he had grown an inch in height and added over 20 pounds of muscle.
This spring Ryland was an offensive terror, hitting over .500 for most of the season before settling in with a .460 average, 28 RBIs, 5 homers, 3 triples and 10 doubles.
For his efforts Ryland was selected 1st Team All Premier Region, 1st Team All 6A Conference, and 1st Team All State.
He is playing for the Trosky National Team this summer and will also be a good bet to be named to the Reds Area Code Team.
Ryland is more than just a superior athlete, carrying a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.
From a personal perspective, Ryland is one of the most engaging young men I have had the pleasure to know. He consistently goes out of his way to say hello, and has an old soul mentality that is very refreshing.
Ryland gave a verbal commitment to the Grand Canyon University program prior to his junior season. The ‘lopes will be getting a difference maker both on the field and in the community.
20 Questions with Ryland Zaborowski
All time favorite Major Leaguer? Mike Trout
Favorite current Major Leaguer? Nolan Arenado
Who has been the biggest influence on you athletically? Mike Halasz and Pat Shine
One word to describe your style of play? Aggressive
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you? This is the first time I am addressing this publically; I am on the Autism Spectrum
4 artists currently in my mp3 player? U2, Logic, Kayne West, Khalid
Favorite Movie? 13 Hours-The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
On my secluded island, strand me with ? Jennie Finch
In 10 years I hope to be….Playing Professional Baseball or Working high up in a Sports Marketing Company
Refreshing beverage of choice? Lemonade
Three people I’d like to have at my dinner table: Mike Trout, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell
What’s on the menu for your perfect dinner? Tri Tip Steak, Rice, Rolls,
When they make the movie based on your life, who gets the starring role? Cam LaLiberte
Dogs or Cats? Dog-Golden Retriever
In my spare time, when I’m not playing baseball, I like to….Train and get stronger
Best player I’ve played against? Bobby Witt Jr and Rece Hinds
Best teammate I’ve had? Cam LaLiberte
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Favorite TV shows? MLB Network, Gotham, Impractical Jokers
Most embarrassing moment on the baseball field? Getting drilled in the mouth by a bad hop and gushing blood