Q&A With Louisville Commit Reid Detmers

By Matt Huck
Area Scout

2017 LHP Reid Detmers of Nokomis High School recently committed to the University of Louisville. Detmers is ranked No. 5 in the Illinois Class of 2017 and No. 57 in the PBR Overall Ranks. This past July Corrgian had a huge performance for Team Illinois at the PBR Future Games in Indiana. Here is a report on Corrigan from the event.

Reid DetmersFuture Games 2015 - Wide shouldered, strong 6-foot-2, 185-pound was the most impressive left-handed pitcher on the Illinois staff at the PBR Future Games. Detmers went 86-88 mph with his fastball and showed an, at times sharp, 70-72 mph curveball. Detmers is still a little raw in his delivery which makes him even more intriguing as a prospect. Flat out pounded the zone with all of his pitches. His fastball features late life, resulting in tardy swings time and time again. To make matters worse for hitters he flashed plus feel for his curveball, throwing it for strikes any time he wanted too. Put on an absolute show at the Future Games, striking out six of the seven batters he faced. The one batter lucky enough to put a ball in play, hit a weak comebacker to the mound. Also features a change-up at 74 mph.

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

Detmers: I thought it would be stressful, but the recruiting process was very enjoyable.  I got to see a bunch of very good schools and meet some awesome coaches.  Everyone was very respectful. 

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

Detmers: I was looking for a good athletic program that would make me stronger physically and mentally, a strong education program, and an atmosphere that felt like a family.

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

Detmers: Yes location played a major factor.  I wanted to stay close enough to home so that my family can still watch me play, but I wanted to go far enough away that the weather would be warmer.  Louisville matched that perfectly.

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?

Detmers: The process began at the beginning of my sophomore year, but after the PBR Future games it went crazy. During the second game of the event I was feeling confident and after that game things really took off.

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

Detmers: Louisville watched me at the Futures game. 

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

Detmers: There are many things that I like about Louisville.  The coaches did a great job of making me feel very welcome from the beginning.  The opportunities and resources that I will have available to me are more that I could have ever dreamed of.  I know that they will push me very hard and hopefully give me a chance to play in Omaha.

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

Detmers: University of Illinois, Vanderbilt, Southern Illinois University, and Indiana University. 

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

Detmers: Talon File from Williamsville, he is very smooth in the field and can hit the ball very well.

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?

Detmers: I have always wanted to be a D1 pitcher. I got really serious at the beginning of my high school career. After working really hard I finally achieved my goal.

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

Detmers: Continue to work hard toward the goals you have set, and never give up.  Always be a team player!

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

Detmers: My most memorable moment is when we won the State Championship in 2012, also pitching in the PBR Futures games.

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

Detmers: We are a young team that has had a lot of experience together.   We are looking forward to a successful season.

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

Detmers: I play with the Decatur Commodores , and my most memorable experience was last summer in Louisville on the 4th of July pitching in the middle of their fireworks display.

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