Prep Baseball Report

Q&A With South Carolina Commit Cameron Appenzeller

By: Pete Hamot
Area Scout, Staff Writer

LHP Cameron Appenzeller (Glenwood, 2025) took the state by storm this fall, especially at the Battle for the Arch in late September. The ceiling is impossible to ignore in the 6-foot-5, 165-pound southpaw, as he's an ultra-easy mover that creates a fastball in the upper-80s with hardly any perceived effort. After the Battle for the Arch, Appenzeller catapulted 55 spots within the rankings, as he now sits at No. 10 in the state.

Chatham-Glenwood has a rich history of talent on the baseball field, with three alumni playing in the MLB just this past season. Appenzeller certainly has the potential to be the next big arm out of Glenwood, and he's only beginning to tap into his upside. 

We recently sat down with the South Carolina commit to talk through his recruitment process, as well as some other topics along the way.

Our Q&A

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at? 

Cameron: I was looking for coaches that have a good relationship with all players. I wanted a place with top-notch facilities to help me reach my potential, and I wanted a program with a history of winning at a high level. 

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

C: Distance from home wasn’t that big for me, I’ve always wanted to move south.  

P: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Where did the school you committed to first see you play? 

C: The recruiting really started heating up after the Battle for the Arch games. I threw well and a video went out the next day and a ton of colleges reached out and started talking to me. 

P: What do you like most about the program you chose, and what were the key factors in making your decision? 

C: I liked how nice the coaches were and the relationships they had with the players I talked to. The program has a history of winning and success, and the whole campus/facilities were amazing. 

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

C: Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arizona and Illinois. 

P: 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? 

C: I think I realized this past summer when I started throwing harder and throwing strikes more consistently.

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

C: Don’t wait until your junior year to get in the weight room like me. Get in the weight room, get stronger and be consistent.

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

C: This past summer season playing with all my guys.

P: Preview your high school team's season for us. How do you feel your team will be? 

C: I think our team will be very good this year, we are gonna be a team that pitchers don’t want to throw to and hitters don’t want to face. 

P: If you could steal any tool or quality from another player in the state, what would it be and who would it be from? 

C: Probably Jack Bauer's velocity.  

P: Who is the next talented young player to keep an eye on out of your high school or travel program? 

C: Dylan Huff, Chatham-Glenwood 

P: Did Prep Baseball assist in your recruiting? Whether it be through a showcase, tournament coverage, tweets, etc? 

C: Yes they did. The Battle for the Arch games was what really got me attention. After the video from that was released, a ton of colleges reached out. The people from PBR also reached out to a few colleges for me.

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