Dydalewicz signs with TCU
By Keith Sparks
On National Signing Day, Liberty Hill pitcher Kaden Dydalewicz was one of a handful of Panther athletes that signed his letter of intent to play collegiate sports.
Dydalewicz signed to play baseball at Texas Christian University, surrounded at the occasion by family and friends.
Dydalewicz also considered schools like the University of Texas and its rival, Oklahoma University, but ultimately, the TCU baseball team’s consistency over the past decade put the Horned Frogs over the top.
“TCU is a great school, and they have one of the country’s best baseball programs,” Dydalewicz said. “It’s always been a dream school of mine to play baseball at. In the past decade, they’ve been to the World Series five times. They’re a really big baseball program and have a great pitching staff.”
Dydalewicz said his decision to join the Horned Frogs was an easy one. One of their scouts watched him pitch at a local tryout and immediately showed interest, offering him a scholarship the day after his first campus visit.
“I was at an Area Code baseball tryout, throwing in the bullpen for them, and one of the TCU scouts was behind me watching me pitch, so he got my number, called me, I went up there for a visit and they offered me the next day,” Dydalewicz said.
During his visit, Dydalewicz got his first taste of what being a college athlete is like. He was given a tour of the entire campus, including TCU’s top-of-the-line athletic facilities.
“They walked me through campus, showed me all their buildings, took me through the athletic facilities, the baseball field, locker room, weight room, everything,” Dydalewicz said. “They were great, really nice.”
Dydalewicz already has a solid relationship with the TCU coaching staff, who he said told him to simply continue doing what he’s been doing, working hard and improving from one day to the next.
“They’re always staying involved with me and keeping up with what I’m doing,” Dydalewicz said. “I’ve got a good relationship with them already.”
Although he’s focused on winning a State Championship in Liberty Hill before he moves on to Forth Worth, Dydalewicz believes he can make an impact for the Horned Frogs as soon as he steps on campus, and he’s under the impression the coaching staff believes so, too.
“I believe that as soon as I get there, I can make an immediate impact, hopefully,” Dydalewicz said. “I’ve just got to continue to work hard and earn my spot as a freshman.”
Signing his letter of intent before Dydalewicz’ senior season was an ideal situation for him, allowing him to focus on simply enjoying his final season of high school baseball.
“It’s a big weight off my chest, being able to go out my senior year and just have fun,” Dydalewicz said. “I’ll just be working hard and hopefully we’ll be able to win a State Championship this year.”
The TCU baseball team went 33-23 overall in 2018, going 10-13 in Big 12 Conference play.
Dydalewicz plans on studying business at TCU and will head to Fort Worth in the fall.