BVW Graduate Collin Wiles Hits the Minor Leagues

Blue Valley West graduate Collin Wiles was the 53rd player selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers.

The right-handed pitcher is now in his second full season of professional baseball. He missed a great deal of the 2014 season with an arm injury, but he is making up for it this year with all-star season for the Hickory Crawdads in Class A South Atlantic League.

In his first 15 games for the Crawdads, he was 9-3 with an ERA of 2.22 in 89 innings. He has just walked 18 and struck out 56. Thanks to this record, he was named to the league’s all-star game held in July and his team is doing well.

“Our season is going great,” says Wiles. “We won the first half of the season and by doing so have guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.”

This has been a breakout season for the former Jaguar.

What has been the key to success for the six-foot, four-inch, 212-pound right-handed pitcher?

“I’m just trying to be the pitcher I know I can be and continue to get better each outing,” he says. “I’m not trying to over think or outsmart myself on the mound, but rather just focus on each and every pitch and execute one by one.”

He has made one change.

“I added a slider to my repertoire in the off-season and that has helped pitching to lefties,” says Wiles. “But other than that just fast ball command and overall command of all pitches has been the key. Knowing that in any given count I can execute the pitch that I want in the way that I want is very reassuring.”

Life in the minor leagues is not the same as the teams in Major League Baseball. There are no plane flights and staying in first class hotels.

“The minor league lifestyle can be tough, let me tell you,” says Wiles. “The bus trips up and down the east coast are rough, not to mention some of the hotels you stay in aren’t the best quality and or in the best areas. It takes a little time to get used to it. I’ve been acclimated and have adjusted to it, but I know some first year guys who are getting their first taste of it.”

This makes it harder to perform well in the games.

“Long bus trips turn into early morning check-ins at motels, but then you’re expected to perform your absolute best that same night,” he says. “It can all seem like a whirlwind at times, but it is all part of the job.”

Wiles was just 17 years old when he graduated from Blue Valley West in 2012.

He was a 6A all-state pick in his senior year at West and signed a big contract with the Rangers shortly after his 18th birthday.

Recently retired BVW baseball coach Bill McDonald remembers Wiles.

“Collin has a great intensity to wanting to succeed as a pitcher,” says McDonald. “He had a focus on the mound that was as good as any pitcher I have had. His intensity carried over into our dugout. He wants to win and he expected his teammates to feel the same way. I enjoyed my time with Collin as his coach very much.”

What is the Rangers’ farm hand’s philosophy of baseball?

“To have fun,” he says. “You have to have fun if you’re playing baseball because at the end of the day its a game and games are fun. No matter how good its going or how bad it gets, never let it get you down. The good thing about baseball is there’s always another ga

Blue Valley West graduate Collin Wiles was the 53rd player selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers.

The right-handed pitcher is now in his second full season of professional baseball. He missed a great deal of the 2014 season with an arm injury, but he is making up for it this year with all-star season for the Hickory Crawdads in Class A South Atlantic League.

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