Prep Baseball Report

Q&A with Mississippi State Commit Austin Marozas

By Matt Huck
Area Scout

2017 RHP Austin Marozas of Plainfield South recently committed to Mississippi State. Marozas made a big jump over the summer months, culminating at the PBR Chicagoland Open. With his performance this fall, Marozas made a big rise in the 2017 rankings. He is currently ranked No. 5 in Illinois and No. 56 Overall. Here is a report on him from the Chicagoland Open.

Austin Marozas8.23.15 - One of the top arms in Illinois’ 2017 class. Extra-large, sturdy pitchers frame, workhorse type build, solid lower half, 6-foot-6, 205-pound right-handed pitcher. Delivery works with tempo, side saddle rocker step, slight leak can load more at top, stays behind the baseball, slightly across body, heel to open toe landing. Plus arm strength for age, loose arm, full clean arm action, ¾ slot. Fastball has plus action for age, hard arm side life, showed the ability to pound the zone with it, sat 87-89 mph, touched 90 mph once, high level fastball. Showed improved slider since last seeing him, showed feel, 11/5 plane, power type pitch, hard action with fastball aggressiveness, 76-78 mph. Showed feel for changeup, hard late arm side action, ability to control the zone, swing and miss potential, 81-82 mph. Projects as a high level right-handed pitcher, high follow 2017.

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

Marozas: My expectations for the recruiting process were for it to be fun but very stressful. For myself the process was a difficult one.

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

Marozas: I was looking for a college that has success in the classroom and on the baseball field. I also wanted to have a great bond with the coaching staff.

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

Marozas: At first, I wanted to stay near home but when I had the opportunity to play for Mississippi State I couldn't pass it up.

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?

Marozas: The recruiting process really started up fast after I pitched at the PBR Chicagoland Open.

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

Marozas: Mississippi State first saw me when I pitched at the PBR Class of 2017 Showcase.

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

Mississippi State was the bond I had with the coaching staff and success of the program.  

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

Marozas: University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, and Purdue University.

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

Marozas: The best player I have faced is Konnor Ash because he's always striving to get better and it's fun competing with him during the high school season.

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?

Marozas:  I've always wanted to play baseball at the next level but I think my sophomore year it really kicked in that I could play at the next level.

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

Marozas: Always put your priorities first and work as hard as you can to be successful.

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

Marozas: My freshman year of high school, the first game I pitched I threw a no-hitter against Joliet West.

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

Marozas: Our high school team should be really good. I think with our hitting and high caliber players we could make a deep post season run this year.

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

Marozas: I play with the Illinois Hawks in the summer. The most memorable experience with those guys is just competing everyday with them.

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