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Garrett Bayliff

Wichita State
Exercise Science


Bayliff will graduate in May 2014 with a degree in exercise science. He earned first team all-Valley Scholar Athlete honors in 2013. He plans to apply to physical therapy school after his baseball career is over and eventually wants to own his own physical therapy clinic. He also does some personal training and would like to continue that while pursuing physical therapy. He holds a cumulative grade point average of 3.31.


Head Coach Todd Butler on Garrett’s character:  Garrett is a student-athlete that shows diligence in all that he does as a student in the classroom and baseball field.
His leadership skills as a senior have been off the chart and about the team first and his individual accomplishments second.  He has learned that leadership is not dictated by performance but instead dictated by attitude and effort daily though preparation, dedication and commitment.  Garrett has had his share of setbacks as he was injured with a broken ankle sliding into second base at the beginning of his career as a Shocker. He has had to endure multiple surgeries on his ankle and has missed parts of two seasons because of it.  We believe that Garrett approaches each and every day with focus and detail being at the forefront of his day.  Not only is Garrett a fantastic baseball player but he is also a first class young man with character and integrity.  We as a coaching staff have enjoyed watching his competitive spirit in leading our program.


He works the Shocker Baseball Camps to teach children baseball skills and to watch them improve. He has volunteered at the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization Ice Cream Social, along with helping the Wichita Police Department and Wichita Public Schools with the “Shocks, Cops & Kids” event.  He volunteered at a walk-a-thon at a Wichita elementary school and rang bells for the Salvation Army during the holiday season. He helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity, read to children at Cloud Elementary School, met with children at Heartspring Children’s Center and helped teach baseball skills to League 42, which is a league for inner city youth in Wichita.


In 2014, he has been named a third team preseason All-American by the NCBWA.  He has also been named to the preseason all-Valley team.  In 2013, he hit .379 with 44 runs, 91 hits, nine doubles, one triple, 39 RBI and 11 stolen bases and named second team all-Valley.  He also earned MVP honors at the Valley Tournament.  In 2012, he hit .355 with 13 runs, 22 hits, eight doubles and seven RBI in 21 games before missing the rest of the season with an injury. In 2011, he hit .389 in six games before breaking his ankle and missing the season. In 2010, he hit .226 in limited at bats as a freshman.