GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) Preble pitcher, Ryan Stefiuk, doesn't have much of an off-season this year.
He’ll actually be facing some of toughest competition at a time when most high school baseball players get to sit back and relax.
Seventy-two of the best prep baseball players in the country will compete in Cary, North Carolina later this month for their shot a USA Baseball's 20-man 15-Under roster.
Ryan Stefiuk found out two weeks ago that he’d be one of them.
“I was not expecting it at all. Obviously it's great news, but I was not expecting it at all. I think it's a huge honor to represent the whole country. Just to be around all these other guys that have the opportunity to experience this as well,” said Ryan Stefiuk.
He's the only player out of Wisconsin and just one three from the Midwest to be invited to trials
“I think for anybody to get an opportunity to get to do something like this is really special, and I think for Ryan this is something he takes a lot of pride in, something we take pride in. He represents our program and the city of Green Bay.
The invitation to the 15U trials isn't the only big thing ahead for Stefiuk. He recently committed to play college ball at Vanderbilt.
“It’s a great pitchers’ school and the major league really likes Vanderbilt for pitching, and that's what really sold me.”
Now, he's going to have to sell himself at the 15U’s two-part trials. The 72-player field will narrow to 34 after phase one, but that's not where Stefiuk's head is right now.
“I’m not really intimidated just more focused on what I’m doing rather than what other people are doing and I’ll give it my best shot."