From a young age living in Wadsworth, it was quite apparent that Drew Saylor had a great love for the game of baseball and the talent and coaching available to be able to play the game at a very high level.
Saylor continued to remain ahead of the game. And that’s still true, even though Saylor’s stellar career in youth, high school college and professional baseball is over. Saylor currently is in his second year as manager of the Tri-City Dust Devils, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. What makes Saylor, 32, unique in his professional capacity is that he is the youngest manager at any level of baseball of a team with MLB connections.
Saylor’s high school career was highlighted by becoming the first player to be named Medina County Player of the Year twice. He also was selected as the Beacon Journal District Player of the Year for the 5-county area as a senior in 2002. He was a 4-time All-Suburban League honoree.
He also excelled at the Division I collegiate level, becoming a 4-year starter. He was one of the top hitters on the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in 2003 and 2004 and then transferred to Kent State University, where he captured the Mid-American Conference batting title in 2006 and was recognized as a first-team All-America selection by Louisville Slugger and The Sporting News. Saylor was a 13th-round pick by the Florida Marlins in the 2006 draft. He played minor-league ball for the Marlins and later led the Lake Erie Crushers to the 2009 Frontier League title. He was hired as a minor-league hitting coach by the Colorado Rockies in 2011. He was promoted to a managerial position in 2013.