HICKORY, N.C.--Former Adrian College baseball standout Ryan Dorow (South Haven, Mich.) is having a terrific second season at the professional level with the Texas Rangers organization. He began 2018 with a promotion to the long-season, Single-A Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads of the South Atlantic League, where he wrapped up his final 10 games last year.
As of Wednesday, Dorow currently leads the Crawdads with a .565 slugging percentage, .954 in OPS and tied for the team lead with three home runs while batting .304 on the season. He has contributed six runs batted in, eight runs scored and walked six times. He connected for his first career pro homer on April 13 against the West Virginia Power, finishing 2-for-6 with a double and a walk. Dorow is professionally listed as a second baseman after playing shortstop in college.
Also this spring, Dorow played three innings of a Major League Baseball spring training game with the Texas Rangers against the Colorado Rockies. It is believed that Dorow became the first player out of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to get an at-bat at the MLB level since Olivet College pitcher Vern Ruhle with the 1984 Houston Astros.
Last June, Dorow was selected in the 30th round (914th overall pick) of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Draft by the Rangers, who assigned him to the club's Rookie affiliate in the Arizona League. The sports management graduate batted .296 and had a .384 on-base percentage with 17 runs batted in during 40 games with the Arizona Rangers. That earned a promotion at the end of the summer to the SAL's Crawdads, where he had a double in three at-bats to finish the year. Dorow wrapped up his first pro season by hitting in nine of his last 10 games, going 12-for-33 and a .364 batting average.
A five-time All-American by D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association, Dorow ended his Bulldogs career with more than 20 school single-season and career records. At the end of the 2017 season, he also was the NCAA Division III active career leader with Adrian records of 267 hits, 57 doubles and 425 total bases.
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