Q and A with K-State Commit Davis Schwab

By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

Following up a strong junior campaign in which he was named to the 6A All-State First Team, Blue Valley West pitcher Davis Schwab recently verbally committed to play baseball at Kansas State.  We had a chance to visit with the 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefty regarding his college choice, West's outlook for next spring and more.

PBR: Why did you choose Kansas State?

The main reason why I chose Kansas State is Coach Reynolds. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him as a pitching coach and I am excited to get to work with him in the next few years. I can’t wait to be a part of a great program in such highly competitive conference.

PBR: What role does the coaching staff expect you to play during your first year on campus?

The coaches have said that they expect me to make a quick impact on the team. The rest is up to me, the amount of innings I get and the role that I play will all be up to me.

PBR:  What things do you need to improve on before getting to Kansas State next fall?

The one major thing I need to work on is my fitness. Hard work in the gym will hopefully translate into more velocity and better performance on the mound. With help from the AthleteFIT staff I will be able to reach my fitness goals and be in better shape before I get to K-State.

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player and why?

This is a tough question to answer because there have been so many people that have made a great impact on my baseball career. My parents have to be first because they have done so much for me. Second would be Dean Curran, who was my childhood baseball coach. Dean was a great man and a great coach. He sadly lost his battle with cancer.  He will always be my favorite baseball coach. Coach McDonald has also played a huge role in this whole process. He gave me a chance this year and really gave me a huge boost in confidence. I’m honored to say that he is my coach.  Finally I have to thank my most recent club coaches Jerry Hobbs and Mark Stanek for all that they have done for me this summer.

PBR: What were the highlights of your spring season as a team and individually? 

There were two different highlights that stand out to me when I think about this past spring. The game versus Maize was very special to me because it was my first time getting varsity innings.  It was one of the most intense games I have ever been a part of. My other favorite memory from this past season was the two regional games at West. I went into that day hoping to get a chance to help my team out but not once did I think that I would have the opportunity to close both the semi-final and final game on the same day.

PBR:  Tell us about your experience with the Mac-N-Seitz organization and things they have helped you with in your development.

I have loved every single moment since I joined the MNS family this summer. With this program I was able to be surrounded by great players who all had the skills to play baseball at the next level. Jerry Hobbs and Mark Stanek have helped me develop more skills as a pitcher and have helped me learn how to control emotions on the field.

PBR: Who are the three toughest Kansas high school hitters you have faced?

The three best hitters I have faced were Clayton Custer (’14 Blue Valley Northwest HS), Mitchell Rogers (’14 Blue Valley HS) and James Cosentino (’16 St. Thomas Aquinas HS).

PBR: Clearly Blue Valley West has had a great run the last few years.  What should we expect from the Jags in the spring of 2015?

Even though we lost a lot of great players from last year’s team we will still be a solid team with guys like Kaiser, Layton, Daily, Davis, the Wiles Brothers, Cox, Saulsbury, Barnes and help from some new guys. I wouldn’t want to play with anyone else this next spring before going to K-State.

PBR: You have seen a lot of Kansas high school baseball over the last several months.  Who are some class of 2015 prospects you think might be flying under the radar that college coaches need to know about and why? (outside of your high school and summer teammates)

Michael Sinks (’15 Lawrence HS) is someone that deserves to be playing at the next level. He is a solid infielder and a consistently good hitter. He is also a great teammate. Michael Valdivia (’15 Bishop Miege HS) is someone that I have thought was a great player since the first time I played against him. He is a quick outfielder who is very tough to pitch too. I give that kid a ton of respect and expect him to carry the Miege team next year.  Tyler Mars (’15 DeSoto) is another player that I hate pitching against. The kid has one of the best swings I’ve seen and will make you pay if you miss your location. He’s also a reliable first basemen and great person to be around.

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