Dylan Dresel – December 2017
“You get what you work for.”
Dylan Dresel smiled and continued to expand on the best life advice he’s ever received.
“My parents have always preached about having a strong work ethic. That’s what [has] resonated with me the most because it truly translates to all aspects of your life. You have to work for what you want.”
Dresel’s strong work ethic on the baseball field shows in his Mankato State Maverick stats, as captured in msumavericks.com. Dresel, a three-year letter winner from Chisago City, Minnesota, has batted .319 with a .384 on-base percentage, .527 slugging percentage, 179 hits, 27 doubles, six triples, 45 walks, 143 RBI and 128 runs scored in 157 games played – 154 starts. Equally impressive is his work ethic off the field.
As a business management major, Dresel has to be on top of his game managing his time wisely; juggling group projects, homework, studying, and internships are especially challenging for collegiate athletes. Maintaining a GPA and RBI requires drive, discipline, and energy.
“Baseball has taught me countless life lessons over the years [like] how to work hard, work with others, and how to deal with challenges.” While he hasn’t yet settled on a career choice, Dresel – who grew up working in a family owned business – naturally gravitates toward the idea of running a business, possibly his own. Whatever the case, he can’t picture giving up baseball. For him, it’s far more than a hobby or potential career.
Dresel expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to play baseball and credits baseball for much of his success.
“Baseball has made me into the person I am today. Baseball is a game of failure; you’re going to fail more than you will succeed. These “baseball lessons” have translated to lessons for my life.”
When Dylan isn’t on the diamond or tucked in the campus library completing a project, he finds time to give back to the Mankato community. Coach Magers of Mankato State provides opportunities for his players to make a bigger impact.
“We are able to give back by spreading our passion and knowledge for the game of baseball to youth players. Our program hosts multiple camps with the focus on growing the campers as people just as much as players.”
But, Dresel does even more than volunteering his time at camps. He attends public events around the city of Mankato to help out where needed, and has spent time helping those less fortunate. He gives credit to the Blizzard Big 5 for his even-keeled attitude and suggested younger baseball players adopt this mindset sooner, rather than later.
“Your attitude, effort, and preparation have to be there every day. Life and baseball are full of ups and down. Staying focused on what you can control will help you roll with the punches.”
The JP4 Foundation is proud to recognize Dylan Dresel for his accomplishments and outstanding qualities. If you have a baseball player to be recognized for their achievements off the field, visit jp4foundation.org. Nominations and past winners can be found using the Spotlight of the Month tab.