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Students Meet Semi-Pro Baseball Player

Posted 10/5/2017

MINOR league baseball player Collin Wiles, pitcher for the Frisco RoughRiders, was in Burrton last Wednesday visiting third and fourth grade students. His grandmother, Clare Stallings, is a para-educator for Burrton schools. MINOR league baseball player Collin Wiles, pitcher for the Frisco RoughRiders, was in Burrton last Wednesday visiting third and fourth grade students. His grandmother, Clare Stallings, is a para-educator for Burrton schools. By Pilar Martin

BURRTON—Burrton third- and fourth-grade students got to meet someone famous last Wednesday. Well, at least famous to his grandmother. Collin Wiles, grandson of para-educator Clare Stallings, is a pitcher for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

Wiles graduated in 2012 from Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park. He originally planned to pitch for Vanderbilt, but Texas came calling and he was drafted.

He was rated the sixth top player prospect in high school baseball at the time.

Wiles was a natural with the Burrton students, who were very excited to meet a real professional baseball player. Fourth-graders had Skyped with Wiles last year, meeting him through the computer. He started his visit by telling the students what his days were like.

“I get up at 10 a.m. each morning, and eat breakfast,” Wiles told the students, who gasped that he got to sleep in so late. “The games aren’t until 7 p.m., and they are usually over by 10 or 11 p.m., so it’s a long day,” he added.

Around 1 p.m., he heads to the field. The team eats lunch together and some of the players will spend time in an ice bath or whirlpool before hitting the field. They practice their respective positions, and everyone has battling practice.

“We work out to keep everything loose before the game,” Wiles said. Keeping muscles and tendons in proper shape is one of the most important things a baseball player has to do to keep himself from injury. He is in practice every day during the season.

Wiles lives in Frisco, Texas during the baseball season and then moves to Scottsdale, Arizona for the off-season.

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