Delsea High alum Brian Dobzanski throwing strikes for Cardinals organization

Matt Leon
June 27, 2018 - 3:29 pm
Bryan Dobzanski

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PEORIA, Ill. (KYW Newsradio) — Bryan Dobzanski is enjoying his best season in pro baseball. 

The 22-year-old Delsea Regional High School graduate, located in Franklinville, New Jersey, is dominating out of the bullpen for the Single-A Peoria Chiefs in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

In 22 appearances this season, he is 5-2 with three saves and a 1.82 ERA. 

"It's been going pretty well," Dobzanski said. "Trained hard in the off-season and the results are coming. So just got to continue doing what I'm doing on the field, hopefully keep on moving up the ranks."

Dobzanski was a 29th round draft pick of the Cardinals back in 2014 and chose to sign with St. Louis instead of playing college baseball at Louisville. He enjoyed some success as a starter during the first few years of his pro career, but then halfway through last season, while with Peoria, he was moved to the bullpen.

"I immediately saw an increase in velocity and my stuff was a little sharper," he said.

And he has been really tough to hit as a reliever.

"It's just easier to be in the bullpen for me," he added, "because you only have to get three to six outs instead of worrying about going seven innings and you kind of just have more intent when you're throwing a baseball. I got rid of my curveball, picked up a slider and my fastball cuts a little bit, so it kind of makes the slider play pretty well off of my fastball. So just going to continue doing that."

Dobzanski relishes the chances he gets to close games out.

"It gets the butterflies going," he enthused. "I kind of lost the feeling of excitement and that nervousness and the butterflies when I was a starter because you kind of had so many days to prepare for it. [Now], we get walkie-talkied down in the bullpen and they're like, 'Hey, get Dobs ready for the ninth,' it makes your stomach drop and it gives you that feeling again, that excitement. I mean that's what you play for, that feeling."

Dobzanski and the Chiefs will wrap up a home series with Kane County Wednesday night.

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