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Lone Peak's Seth Corry is Deseret News' Mr. Baseball in Highland on June 6, 2017.
Baseball has taught me about life, and it's taught me about failure and adversity, and then how to come back and be better for it. —Lone Peak's Seth Corry

HIGHLAND — Shortly after his Mr. Baseball photo shoot, Lone Peak's Seth Corry was off to places such as AT&T Park in San Francisco to take the mound in front of a host of scouts who were certain to dissect every inch of his ability. If history is any guide, the 6-foot-2 lefty pitcher likely appeared right at home, throwing in front of so many evaluators on a stage most hurlers can only dream of.

Indeed Corry has been meeting and then surpassing expectations since a young age, steadily improving his form until considered a top MLB draft prospect and as the Deseret News' 2017 Mr. Baseball.

His father, DeLynn Corry, remembers the exact moment when it was confirmed to him that his son may become what he is today. Sure, Seth showed early signs throughout, but it was when playing in a Little League World Series game in 2011, against eventual champion Ocean View, a team stocked with top talent, when his talent and natural demeanor took over.

"It was when he was standing on the mound with 10,000 people, and he'd just struck out Nick Pratto," DeLynn Corry recalled about Seth pitching against the kid who is now listed as the No. 24 prospect nationally by Baseball America. "He was waiting for the next batter to come up and he just kind of looked around, scratched his chin and gave the impression that, 'Yeah, no big deal.' He's just always been unflappable, that way."

Seth was then playing for a team from Washington County and moved with his family up to Highland and Lone Peak shortly thereafter. It didn't take long for then first-year coach Matt Bezzant to recognize Seth's high upside and ability.

Lone Peak's Seth Corry is Deseret News' Mr. Baseball in Highland on June 6, 2017. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"It was my first year coaching and we were just trying to find pitchers early in that year," Bezzant said. "I really liked what I saw from Seth in the (bull)pen, and I could see the moment wouldn't be too big for him and that he'd be ready to compete. So we called him up to play for us as a freshman, and it definitely paid off."

"It was a big thing for me, at the time, being the only freshman he pulled up," Seth added. "He believed in me early and he's definitely been a huge help to me, in my development, since."

Seth really burst onto the scene as a sophomore, but not just as a pitcher. Due to his love for football — not to mention a natural talent that could easily earn him a scholarship playing the sport at the collegiate level — he rose to become a big-time contributor on the gridiron for the Knights.

As is the case for too many football players, however, Seth sustained an ACL injury, which set him back quite considerably leading up to his junior season. He gutted through the injury, though, and finished out the 2016 baseball season in top form.

What may be considered surprising to some, but not to those who know him, Seth elected to play football again during his senior season, where he ultimately helped lead the Knights to another 5A state championship game.

"He loves football. He just really, really loves the game, so I'm not going to try and keep a kid a kid from doing what he loves," Bezzant said. "Was I worried that he'd get hurt the entire time? Absolutely, but he's a great player, and he could play Division 1 football if he wanted to. Fortunately he got through it and everything went great for his senior year."

Seth finished his senior year with an 8-1 record, a 1.90 ERA while striking out 97 batters over 52 innings pitched. From the plate he batted .315 while belting 11 home runs and driving in 32 total runs.

As good as Seth was, his lone loss on the year was a difficult one to take. He was uncharacteristically shelled by 5A champion Cottonwood in the state championship game, something he'll learn from and be better for because of it.

"Baseball has taught me about life, and it's taught me about failure and adversity, and then how to come back and be better for it," Seth said. "One day you can be at your best, then others at your worst. I was stunned, having to take that from Cottonwood. I'm not used to it, but I'm going to learn from it, and I'll be that much better for it."

Lone Peak's Seth Corry is Deseret News' Mr. Baseball in Highland on June 6, 2017. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Seth's future is a bright one, and he'll have a very difficult decision to make in the coming weeks — whether to go pro right out of high school or to play for BYU.

"The amount of my signing bonus is going to be a big thing with that," Seth said. "I've relied a lot on my Heavenly Father through prayer, and I'll continue to do so with this decision. If I decide to go pro, then great, but if not, I know I'll have a great opportunity to play for a great program like BYU."

Seth is currently ranked as the No. 103 prospect nationally by Baseball America.

As for what has influenced him most throughout his career, Seth is quick to credit his father and his mother, Leana Corry.

"My dad has always pushed me to be my best and he's always been there. He's been a huge influence throughout and I wouldn't be where I am today without him," Seth said. "As for my mom, she's just been incredible. She's my biggest fan, my biggest cheerleader since I was young and that goes a long way for me. I appreciate them so much and they've both been absolutely perfect for me throughout."

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

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