Jacob Misiorowski is going to celebrate his 18th birthday today with ice cream cake, his favorite Chinese carryout – orange chicken – and spending time with his family.
“We’re making the best of all of this, and I’m going to enjoy my 18th birthday,” said Misiorowski, a right-hander who is considered one of the top prep pitchers in the Midwest. “I’d like to be out on the mound for the Grain Valley baseball team, but that’s not going to happen today or anytime soon, but until they officially cancel the season, I can hope.”
Misiorowski is the reigning Examiner Player of the Year, coming off a 9-2 all-state season in which he sported a 1.49 ERA and had 67 strikeouts in just 47 innings.
“He was great every time he took the ball,” Eagles coach Brian Driskell said. “But what’s really amazing is that he allowed just 19 base hits in 47 innings. That’s crazy! I’ve never heard of any pitcher doing something like that.”
No wonder opponents hit just .140 off the senior who committed to Oklahoma State University as a sophomore.
And there is much speculation that he will never be a part of the Cowboys rotation because he could be a high selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
“I can’t think about all that stuff,” Misiorowski said. “We’ve talked to some teams, but nothing serious. Right now, my first priority is staying in shape in case our high school season resumes.
“I’m doing plyometrics and running and have some weights in my garage,” Misiorowski said. “And I want to be ready for OSU. I keep in touch with their staff through social media and they’ve sent me some things they want me to do.
“And I’m excited about the challenge of taking my game to the next level. They have a lot of guys who have made it to the majors, and I know it’s going to be a real challenge for me to go from high school to college ball.
“When I get to OSU, everyone is going to have pretty much had the same success or more than I’ve had. And they told me they want to hand me the ball when I get there and see what happens, and I’m ready to go.”
But deep, down inside, he wants one more season with his eight fellow Grain Valley seniors who he has played with – or against – since kindergarten.
“When we were all 5 or 6, we were playing on the same teams, or against each other, and the past six or seven years we were all on the same team and I want one more season with those guys,” Misiorowski said. “When last season ended, we all got together and started talking about this season and how we were going to work hard to get to the final four and win state.
“That’s something we’ve talked about forever, and we all keep hoping it happens. It probably won’t, but if it does, man, are we going to have fun.”