OK High School Preseason Spotlight: Pryor
February 22, 2021
The Oklahoma high school baseball season kicks off on March 2nd, opening day for regular season action under Ossaa regulations. Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we’ll be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2021 spring season, touching on programs spanning all state classifications, leading into a countdown through the official PBR Oklahoma Preseason Power 25 Rankings.
Perennially, we’ve submitted a Preseason Questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state. Their responses have been flooding in and we’re using the detailed insight they’ve provided in our team-by-team preseason analysis.
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OSSAA Class: 5A
Head Coach: Gerald Osborne
Returning Starters: 6
Returning Pitchers: 4
Leading the charge for Pryor offensively is Miller, an experienced three-year starter that brings a stable middle-of-the-order presence to this team. He crushed it as a sophomore for Pryor’s 2019 state championship club, leading the team in batting average with 35 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Miller was off to a hot start last season too before the shutdown, leading Pryor’s offense with a .429 batting average. He’ll look to put the finishing touches on an already decorated high school career this upcoming season.
Sharp will serve as a key two-way contributor for this team, starting in the outfield and he’ll also be called upon to log competitive innings quite frequently. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound left/left prospect went 10-for-16 last season before the shortened season with a 1-0 record - a shutout victory. He was a key piece to that 2019 championship club as well, pitching to the tune of a 0.86 ERA and five wins over 32.2 innings. He, like Miller, will look to wrap up an illustrious high school career with Pryor.
Peyton McClelland, 2B/3B, 2021
Another senior that’ll slot into Pryor’s starting lineup, the 5-foot-8, 185-pound right-handed hitting McClelland hit .308 in last year’s shortened season and he’ll look to build off that in 2021.
Josh Gore, OF, 2022
The upside attached to Gore’s 6-foot-5 frame is fairly obvious, as the right-handed hitting outfielder is certainly one of the most interesting prospects on this roster. He’s going to get plenty of playing time in 2021 to show that his .400 batting average last year was no fluke and could end up being the “X-factor” for this squad.
Ranked 72nd overall in Oklahoma’s sophomore class, Collins saw playing time as a freshman last season and made the most of it, hitting .400 with a home run and a win on the mound. He’s going to get his fair share of time on both sides of the ball this season too and Pryor will need him to rise to the occasion, particularly on the mound.
STRENGTHS: “Good leadership from some experienced seniors. We feel good about our arms at the top of our rotation and we have a chance to be a pretty good offensive club.”
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: “Our pitching is unproven after the top of the rotation. We don’t know much about our outfield depth, while being young and unproven at a couple of other positions.”
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