Gatorade 2020 - 2021: Player of the Year

Baseball - Kansas

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Ben Kudrna

Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-FOOT4
Press Release

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“Kudrna is a stud ballplayer with big-time stuff. He has the best arm we’ve seen in a while. He’s got ‘pitchability,’ meaning he’s not just a thrower. He seemed to elevate his team’s play whenever he was on the mound. There aren’t many better prep arms out there in the country. I would say he’s very worthy of the award.”
Michael Dudley
Head Coach head coach at Blue Valley North
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Athletic Excellence

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior right-handed pitcher led the Timberwolves to a 22-3 record, the Class 5A state championship and the No. 43 national ranking by Perfect Game USA this past season. The 2021 Class 5A Pitcher of the Year, Kudrna compiled a 9-1 record on the mound with a 0.99 ERA and 100 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 57.1 innings. He also fired three shutouts, posted a WHIP of 0.67 and limited opponents to a .130 batting average. He did not allow an earned run in 12 postseason innings-pitched, striking out 18 in that span.

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Academic Achievement

Kudrna has maintained a 3.50 weighted GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Louisiana State University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in July’s Major League Baseball draft.

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Exemplary Character

A member of his BVSW’s WolfPack Crew, which plans and executes school assemblies, Kudrna has volunteered locally at a food pantry. He has also served as a supervisor for area baseball fields, where he’s been a role model and mentor to youth players.