No one would fault a batter for trembling when Parkway Central senior Brady Feigl stands on the pitcher’s mound. The right-handed pitcher can throw a 90 mph fastball and was ranked No. 11 in Missouri for the class of 2014, according to Prep Baseball Report. “It’s the only sport I really enjoy doing,” he says. “It’s an escape from the stress and pressure of life.”

Feigl picked up a bat for the first time at the age of 5, when he joined a Chesterfield team with kids from school. He has spent his high school career playing for his school’s varsity team and for the St. Louis Rawlings Prospects during the summers.

During his final high school season, Feigl hopes to continue to build velocity. “I’ve been working during the off-season to put on weight and move faster so I can throw harder,” he says. “I want to dominate, and I think we have the team to do that this year.”

In the fall, the senior will attend the University of Mississippi on a baseball scholarship. “When I was a freshman in high school I played at Mizzou with the St. Louis Attack team,” Feigl says. “Afterward I said, ‘Dad, I want to play at a college like this.’ I feel so blessed and honored to be able to attend Ole Miss.”

To prepare for his foray into college athletics, Feigl has been working with Brian DeLunas, who specializes in high-level pitching training, and he previously worked with Lance Schuermann, who played in the minor league for almost a decade. “I started pitching with him when I was 9 and he has done everything for me,” Feigl says.

This summer, the Chesterfield teen has a chance to be drafted into the major league and already has been contacted by multiple teams. “It’s pretty exciting,” he says. “If I do have that chance, I’ll need to figure out what it’s going to take for me to skip going to Ole Miss.”

Photo by Emily Schenberg