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Dylan Johnson named Cornbeltbaseball.com Player of the Year

Submitted by on June 10, 2010 – 10:09 pm 10 Comments

Bloomington High School senior Dylan Johnson has been selected as the 2010 Cornbeltbaseball.com Player of the Year.  After watching Johnson for the last three seasons, and particularly this season, I would use one word to describe his style of play — power.  Whether playing the field, pitching, or batting, there’s power in most every aspect of his game.  Bloomington coach Steve Clapp describes it a bit more technically — “He (Johnson) hits the ball with authority to all fields and really keeps his barrel in the zone.”  I can attest to that statement, having been stationed in the middle of the field (while umpiring) and quickly calculating how to avoid getting hit with a line drive off of Johnson’s bat.  The last local hitter that kept me on my toes to the same degree was current North Carolina State first baseman Harold Riggins (Normal West ’08).

Clapp describes Johnson’s career impact to the Raiders:  “Dylan has been a major cornerstone to our success the past three seasons.  He has been a three year starter that helped lead us to 72 wins and two Regional Championships.  He has been a great leader with both his production on the field and example and encouragement to his teammates.”

As far as his ability and potential go, Coach Clapp says, “He is a very gifted hitter who has worked extremely hard to get himself ready for the next level.  Two Pantagraph hitting titles (’08 & ’10) are a testament to his ability.  He has put a lot of good weight on his frame and is only going to get better.  Heartland is getting a good one.”  I would have to agree.  Heartland coach Nate Metzger has not demonstrated in the Hawks’ short history that he is about charity cases.  From what I’ve seen, he doesn’t take local kids just because they’re local.  Nearly every athlete he’s taken from a local high school has competed favorably with the players that he’s bringing in from all over the state.  Just like former teammates Bryan Huff (Bloomington ’08), expect Johnson to contribute greatly to Heartland’s run of success.

Dylan johnson, Bloomington H.S.

Although most anyone could watch Johnson play just one game and get a sense of what he can do, his stats this season are pretty amazing.  Johnson led his team in many categories including 56 hits (school record), 44 runs, 14 doubles (school record), 7 triples, 8 home runs, 49 RBI, 21 walks, and a .528 batting average (school record).  His .528 batting average led all area hitters for the second time in his career.

Congratulations to Dylan for being selected from among many very accomplished local high school players for the inaugural Cornbeltbaseball.com Player of the Year.

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  • Billy DuBois says:

    Future Snipe!!!!!!

  • Dave & Mary Walker says:

    Dylan you don’t know me but I worked with your Grandpa on the fire department, and baby sat your dad. Congratulations and best of luck in the furure.

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  • lisa sheehan says:

    Congrats Dylan,

    What great accomplishments you have achieved already, can’t wait to see you playing for the Sox!!!! We’re so proud of you, keep up the great work!

    Love You,
    Uncle Mike & Aunt Lisa

  • Mandy says:

    Dudens! Congratulations! This is so exciting. We’re all very proud of you back in DeKalb! Keep it up! Love you!

  • Cousin Colin says:

    Congrats Dylan! Another few years and you could be leading the Cubs to the World Series!

  • Sam and Lori Phelps says:

    Hey Dylan,

    We are so proud of you!!!!All of your hard work has certainly paid off. Congratulations on breaking all of those school records. Looking forward to watching and reading about all of your accomplishments at Heartland.

    Aunt Lori and Uncle Sam

  • Chuck and Donna Johnson says:

    Hey Dylan,
    You have made us Northerners so proud of you. We always knew you would excel as an athlete and as a special person. Keep up the good work!
    Love ya,
    Grandma and Grandpa

  • Don & Jann says:


    WOW! What a high school career. Heartland sure is getting a good one. Congratulations!

    Don & Jann

  • Uncle Mike & Aunt wendy says:

    Congratulations Dylan! What a career at BHS, now on to Heartland. We couldn’t be prouder! Thank god all of that wiffle ball is paying off. Good Luck at Heartland! We love Ya,

    Uncle Mike & Aunt Wendy

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