Player Spotlight: Gavin Bogdanchik

July 31, 2021

Gavin Bogdanchik is a 2021 HS graduate from Wellington High in South Florida and is committed to Palm Beach State College. Bogdanchik is the starting catcher for the Wellington Colts 2021 CLPB season where he has posed a .366 BA, 1 HR, 17 RBI’s, 15 BB and 5 stolen bases in 24 games. The All-Star has been a major part of his team’s push to make it into the CLPB 2021 Postseason.

Q: How would you say your summer has been playing in the CLPB 2021 season?

A: My summer in the CLPB has been great with playing many games and keeping my skills sharp heading into college.  I’m grateful for Coach Mills welcoming me on his team.

Q: What kind of leader would you describe yourself as on the baseball field? Ex: Vocal Leader, Leader by Example, Etc.

A: A leader I would describe myself is someone who leads by example on the field.  I work hard in silence and let success make all the noise.

Q: What made you decide to stay local and commit to Palm Beach State College?

A: I chose palm beach state because it allows me to play a lot of competitive baseball.  Also Coach Forbes and his coaching staff have an outstanding reputation.  I’m very grateful that coach gave me this opportunity to play for him this season. 

Q: During your past season at Wellington High School, you posed a .367 BA with 5 HR, 15 RBI’s, 15 walks and a .490 OBP in 26 games. How were you able to have such an instrumental role in your team’s success?

A: I made sure to give 150% stepping on the field both defensively and offensively.  I hate losing, which also played a big role going into that season.

Q: What would you say is your greatest baseball achievement at any level?

A: It’s probably got to be hitting my first home run of my high school career in our first game of the season.  Nothing beats the feeling of hitting it out.

Q: When you were growing up, what was your dream job? Why?

A: My dream job has always been playing professional baseball ever since I was a kid.  I feel like that’s what God has planned for me and I’ve been working on my game every day to reach my goal.

Q: You currently have a the 2nd highest batting average in the league at .366 with 1 HR, 17 RBI’s, 15 BB and 5 stolen bases in 24 games. With your team fighting for a playoff spot, what would you say has been your biggest impact for the Wellington Colts team?

A: I feel like my biggest impact with this Colts team was every time I go up to bat I expected to get a base hit.  Also having timely hits with runners in scoring position.

Q: What is your pregame routine before any matchup you have? And how long have you had that routine?

A: My pregame routine for every game is doing my one handed swings on the tee before I go into my soft toss or tee work.  I also do a quick prayer and draw a cross in the clay before every at bat.

Q: When it comes to baseball, who is your role model? Why?

A: When it comes to role models I think of my dad right away. He’s been by my side and cheering me on since I was born.  His physical and mental strength and his love of life, attitude; no matter what obstacle comes his way pushed me to be the best I can be in all I do. He teaches me that things aren’t given easily to you but the more you work on what you want, you will succeed!