Top Prospect Games Q&A with: McGwire Bledsoe

By Jeff Markle
Assistant State Director 

The Colorado Top Prospect games are just one month away and we would like to begin to spotlight some of the participants at this years event.  Over the course of the next four weeks Prep Baseball Report Colorado will run Q&A's with many of the participants giving you a chance to get to know them better.  Starting us off is McGwire Bledsoe, 5-foot-10, 165-pound, OF/1B from Greeley West High School.

PBR:  Describe yourself as a baseball player to those who have never seen you play:

Bledsoe: If I were to describe myself as a baseball player, I would say I'm a humble player and take advantage of the opportunities that come to me. I go all out every game and don't stop at anything to make a great play. I don't try to be the hero I want to be a warrior so to speak and do all the little things correct so I don't press. I hustle everything out; I'm the first off the bench to pick up my teammates. I'm a team player, I'm not always looking for individual success, while its sometimes nice to have it, I'd rather have a win than a perfect 4-4 night.

PBR:  What would be your dream school to play baseball at?  If you have already committed to play at the next level, why did you choose that particular school?

Bledsoe: My dream school to play college ball at would have to be UCLA. I have been a fan since I was a kid. The school preaches to play the game right. They're not always National champions but they catch the attention of everyone in the Nation. California is such an amazing state. I'd get to play year round and be with the best players in the Nation. 

PBR:  What are your best assets on and off the field at this point in your high school career?  

Bledsoe:  My best assets on and off the field would have to be my ability to take that leadership roll. To show my peers I'm not only one of them but together we can be stronger. I can tell a teammate what he's doing wrong or right and we both understand that's an opinion but together we can work to be better than those who don't speak up. I think I work well with others and people I don't know. I try to make a first great impression so that no matter what I'll have your respect before you even see me play.

PBR:  What is the best baseball advice you have received and try to follow to this point in your career?

Bledsoe:  The best advice I've been given to this point in my baseball career is you don't need to be the hero. Don't press just stay back and stay relaxed.   My dad told me that when I just started playing. There's time when players will get anxious and take emotion into the box and to me that throws a wrench in the whole process to hit successfully. I try to stay relaxed and take what comes to me and do as much damage as I can with the opportunity presented.

PBR:  What are your superstitions or routines that go on during a season?

Bledsoe: Like any baseball player I have multiple superstitions. Recently I've worn black athletic tape on my wrist cause I "hit".better when I have it. I never step on the white line but that's mandatory. If the ball hits the light poll its good luck. I always throw with the same guy before every game. I enter the box the same way before every pitch. Finally, before I go on to the field I Give my coach knuckles. 

PBR:  What are your goals for: 

This Season:  My goals for this season are to just make the impression that I belong on a higher level. I want to hit for average and show I can be that five-tool player. 

Two Years:  In two years I would like to receive the recognition from college coaches and I would want them to know that no matter where I go after high school I'm still going to be that player that pushes to be the best I can.

Four Years:  Four years from now I would like to still be doing what I love. I want to be playing for any college that wants me to be apart of their team. I want to be known as one of the greatest to play. Just like what Bryce Harper said, "why not me?" 

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