By Mike Max

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnehaha Academy’s John Pryor is a pitcher’s pitcher.

He attacks the strike zone, he’s careful with the meat of the order, and he goes after the bottom of it.

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His numbers speak to his success. He’s 6-0 with 83 strikeouts.

And he’s given up just one earned run all season.

The senior has developed his mechanics the old-fashioned way.

“My brother and I would always play driveway baseball with a tennis ball and Wiffle Ball bat,” he said. “We would play every summer.”

His coach calls him poised.

“He’s a great pitcher,” coach Scott Glenn said. “He’s tall, athletic, and can throw hard. He can throw a change up and curve ball for strikes.”

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That’s his game — figure out who you’re pitching against, and figure out how to pitch them.

He has a role model in left-hander Cliff Lee who serves as an example of efficiency.

“I watch a lot of Cliff Lee YouTube videos and I modeled my mechanics after his,” Pryor said.

Next year, he’ll pitch for Division-I Lipscomb University in Tennessee.

“They contacted me last summer, and I went down for a visit and loved the campus and the school and it worked out in the end,” Pryor said.

But for now it’s one more high school goal — to go where he has not been before.

“We’ve come close to going to state and hopefully we can make it this year,” he said.

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Minnehaha beat St. Paul Academy 2-1 on Thursday to advance in section play.

Mike Max