Q&A with Demetrio Crisantes

Paul Panaccione
Arizona Scouting Director

The recruiting process is something that varies from athlete to athlete. Each player is going to go down their own path, on their own timeline. There is no right way to navigate through the process. Players often attend camps/showcases, take calls with coaches, are seen during spring/summer competition, all to achieve that goal of playing at the next level.

Since every athlete's recruiting experience is different, we want to shine some light on a few different prospects from the 2022 class who are willing to share their experiences with us. Today, we will be looking deeper into SS Demetrio Crisantes (Nogales, 2022) recruiting and on field experiences up to this point. 


Demetrio Crisantes SS / 2B / Nogales, AZ / 2022

At 6-foot 175 pounds, Crisantes is already well put together, and has room to put on more size and physicality. His athleticism and strength plays a part in his skillset. Recently de-committed from New Mexico State University, and opened the recruitment process back up. It did not take long for the University of Arizona to claim the top SS in the state. It's no secret Crisantes can swing the bat. A complete hitter, Crisantes hits for some power, packaged with great plate discipline and bat control. His athleticism is recognizable when at SS. Great range at SS, ability to make the tough play in the hole or up the middle and has solid INF instincts. The Wildcats got an impact player from down south.




PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?


"Going through the recruiting process I did not know what was going to happen, it was a difficult time for me to make the right decision, I even decommitted from New Mexico State before making my final decision on the U of A."

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?


"What I was looking for out of a college program was the coaching mainly. How they are with their players, and how much experience they have."

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?


"At first I did not mind about the location I was willing to play anywhere, but when the U of A offered me I realized how close I can be to my home, and how my family can go watch me play whenever they want."

PBR: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Was there a particular game or event that you feel turned the corner for you?


"After my sophomore season in high school I put up some good power numbers which starting heating up the recruitment process."

PBR: Where did the college you chose first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?


"They saw me at a couple tournaments in Phoenix, since the first time I met them our relationship grew so much. They saw me workout, sent them videos, and they made me feel like I was wanted in there program."

PBR: What do you like most about the college you committed to and what were the key factors in making your decision?


"What I like most about the U of A is how the coaches are always so positive with their players, how it feels like everyone there is a big family, and for me those two things are the key factors of choosing the right school."

PBR: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?


"GCU, Oregon State, University of Oregon, Washington State, and Sacramento State"

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?


"Dillon Orr, he’s got a really good fastball to go with a nasty curveball."

PBR: At what point in your career did you realize you were a college caliber player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?


"After my sophomore season is when I felt like I was a college caliber player, when many schools started calling me it gave me confidence to work harder and making my baseball career a reality."

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?


"Enjoy it, have fun, do not stress about anything, work hard everyday get stronger do what you got to do to make it to the next level and the opportunity will come up."

PBR: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?


"The way I bounced back from Tommy John, winning player of the year for my region after missing 10 months of baseball was a big moment and accomplishment for me."

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals?


"I expect a lot from my high school team this year, we have been playing together since little league days we have high expectations and goals set for each other the most important goal we got is to win that state championship."

PBR: Where do you play in the summer? And what has been your most memorable experience with them?


"I’ve played with the Indiana prospects which exposed me a lot. And last summer I played with the Tucson champs great program that exposed me a lot as well to many programs. The best experience playing with these teams is meeting new people, playing with new teammates it’s an amazing experience."

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