"I wouldn't trade my college baseball experience for anything."
What was your experience during the recruiting process? Is there anything you wish you knew back then that you know now?
I would so overall I had a good recruiting experience in high school.
For me it really picked up on the showcase circuit the summer after my junior year.
It was a little simpler then where really the best place to be seen were these tournaments/showcases where you could be seen by multiple scouts at one time. Something I would have done differently is ask questions about depth charts /team needs. I ended up going to a school that already had 7 catchers and I had no idea.
I think it’s important to know what the schools plan for you is, no matter what that may be.
How did you choose which college program you wanted to play at? Did you have multiple offers? What was your most important aspect when choosing a college program?
I had multiple offers coming out of high school. I was fortunate enough to get offered by my dream school and I committed on the same phone call that they offered me. I chose it simply because of the big name/ big conference it played in and didn’t go into any of the programs ins and outs. I ended up going with little chance to play and had to transfer.
I chose the school because of the name, whereas I wish I chose the school based on where I was going to have the best opportunity to have success.
What was your favorite part of college baseball?
Hands down my favorite part of college baseball was the close knit relationships I was able to create. You are with these guys basically 24/7 for 9 months of the year, and you build relationships that last a lifetime
As you have progressed into professional baseball; how would you compare your experience professionally to college baseball? Which have you enjoyed more?
Both have their positives and negatives, but I think the college baseball overall experience is more enjoyable. You have a group effort pulling towards winning, and less focus on personal accolades which creates a group fighting for the greater good.
Pro baseball is fun in its own right but definitely feels like a job.
I wouldn’t trade my college baseball experience for anything.
If you could provide advice to an amateur player looking to play college baseball and has dreams to play professionally, what would it be?
This is a great question that I’ve thought about a lot over the years and my answer is this: just play the game. Everyone I play with in pro ball has had a completely different journey. If you have talent, they will find you. This sounds cliche but it is true.