Matt Dryer has been an important part of the baseball scene in Rochester since the 1990s. As a standout player at McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1998, Matt was named a USA Today High School All-American. During his high school experience, he was also drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 35th round.
After high school, Matt earned a scholarship to the University of Miami (THE U) and played on the Hurricanes team that won the 2001 National Championship ("College World Series") in Omaha NE. While at the U of M, Matt was drafted again by the S.F. Giants in the 15th round. He spent the next 7 1/2 years playing professionally within the Giants' and Cardinals' organizations. He was a part of three minor league championship teams. He earned All Star selections three times over that span. In 2005, he led the Cardinals minor league system with 23 home runs and 88 RBI.
Matt was a second-year Hurricane after transferring from Indian River Community College in 2001. He entered the final weekend of the regular season with 42 starts in 43 games played. He made 32 of those starts at first base and 10 at third base. Matt had a career and season long hit streak at 17 games which tied the ninth-longest hitting streak at U of M. He also successfully hit in 20 of his first 21 games played and had a season-high batting average of .439 in late February.
At Indian River Community College
Matt was coached by Mike Easom and played third base. He batted .333 with 51 RBI and five home runs and was an All-Southern Conference selection. He assisted his team to a 43-11 finish and a No. 1 state and No. 2 national ranking.
While playing at UNC Charlotte, Matt hit .291 with 46 RBI and three home runs while the team finished 26-26.
At McQuaid Jesuit High School
Matt was coached by Mike Fennell. He won three letters in baseball and holds the school record for RBI's in a single game with 8. His junior year (1997), he played shortstop and batted .515 with 45 RBI's and nine home runs. He was named First Team All-State and All-Conference by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He also assisted his team to a conference championship. In his senior year, Matt again played shortstop while batting .450 with 42 RBI's and seven home runs. Again, Matt was First Team All-State and All-Conference. He also was named team MVP and earned an honorable mention from USA Today.
Matt Dryer's Professional Stats