CHIE GUNNER

GHS Class of 1996


Chie played baseball and basketball during his time and Grandview Senior High School. In baseball, Chie was named a 1st team all-conference outfielder both his junior and senior years. Chie was named first team all-metro by the KC Star both in 1995 and 1996. He was named 2nd team all-state both years. Chie is in the top five single season runs scored, hits, RBI's, and doubles. He is in the top five in career RBI's and slugging percentage. Chie was selected and played in the Missouri East-West all-star game his senior year. In 1996, Chie was honored as the John "Buck" O'Neil Scholarship Award winner.


Chie was selected in the 10th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1996 MLB Draft becoming the first GHS athlete to be drafted out of high school. He began his professional career playing for the Gulf Coast League Devil Rays and later played for the Princeton Devil Rays before an injury cut his career short. He was selected as the most improved minor league player in the Tampa organization in 1997. Chie continues to be involved in baseball working for MAC & SEITZ as a baseball instructor since 1998. Chie also has worked as a personal trainer since 2003.


Chie is married to his wife Debbie and they have a son, Xavier. Chie's favorite athletic memory at GHS was without a doubt winning the conference championship by hitting two home runs vs. Excelsior Springs.