Prep Baseball Report

PBR sits down with Cincy commit Mitch Patishall

PBR recently talked with Cincy commit Mitch Patishall. Patishall is a 2012 RHP/IF from Pendleton Heights High School. Here is our conversation with Patishall...

PBR: What schools were you considering?
Mitch: Evansville, IU, Ball State
PBR: Why did you choose University of Cincinnati?
Mitch: I chose Cincinnati because I felt like it combined the best academic, athletic and social atmosphere for me. Also, its close enough for my parents to come over, watch me play and be home that same day. I will also have the chance to play as a freshman and the Big East is a great conference to play in especially with TCU joining next year.
PBR: Was it important to stay close home/travel ?
Mitch: It was important for me to be close enough for my parents to be able to come and watch me play, but I also wanted to be far enough away where I would be independent. So, Cincy was the perfect fit for that.
PBR: What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?
Mitch: The coaches expect me to be there working hard and compete for a starting pitching role and also compete for a spot at third base.
PBR: What were your expectations about recruiting heading into the summer?
Mitch: My expectations were to be committed before my football season started and I did that. I knew it was going to be a busy summer and I had to work hard to get to go to the school I wanted.
PBR: What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that you will help University of Cincinnati?
Mitch: I feel that my biggest strength is pitching. I have developed my changeup this past year and that really helped me this season. That will help Cincy because I will be able to go in as a freshman and compete hard for a starting spot.
PBR: How has travel baseball helped your development as a player?
Mitch: Travel baseball has helped me tremendously in my development. You are playing against the best competition in the country and playing against a lot of guys who are going D-1 and I feel like that will allow me to jump into the Big East conference and have an impact.
PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?
Mitch: My dad has had the biggest impact on me as a baseball player. He rarely misses my games and anytime that I ask him to go over to the field or batting cage to work on things he will always do it. He always gives me advice after the games and how I can get better and pushes me to be the best I can. I think that has allowed me to be in the position that I am in today.

PBR: What were your stats for this spring season at Pendleton Heights?
Mitch: Hitting: .372 BA, 10 2Bs, 5 HRs, 26 RBI, 28 R. Pitching: 6-3, 41 IP, 1.20 ERA 35 Ks, 8 BBs
PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher/hitter that you have faced in Indiana?
Mitch: The toughest pitcher I have ever seen was Luke Stephenson and I never had to hit against him because he was on my team, which I was very happy for that.