Q and A with Saint Louis Commit Miller Hogan



By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

Blue Valley Southwest right-handed pitcher Miller Hogan capped off an impressive junior campaign this spring by pitching his best when it mattered the most - throwing a perfect game in state regional play and then following it up with a no-hitter at the 5A state tournament in Manhattan as the Timberwolves advanced to the title game. Hogan carried his success into the summer and, after fielding interest from a number of college recruiters, made a verbal commitment to attend and play baseball at Saint Louis University. 

We had a chance to visit with Hogan to discuss his recent decision:

PBR: Why did you choose Saint Louis University?

I chose Saint Louis for many reasons. Taking everything into account it was very clear to me that it was the right choice. Most importantly, Saint Louis is an incredibly respected academic institution throughout the country. Next, almost all of my family lives in Saint Louis. Then, being able to talk with the coaches all throughout the summer and seeing how much time they invested in me really sold how much they wanted me. Finally seeing how much success the program has had since Coach Hendrickson and his staff have taken over was a huge pull.

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

Now, of course, you never really know until you step on the field but talking to the coaches they see me getting quality freshman innings especially with their rotation this year being mostly seniors. 

PBR:  What things do you need to improve on before getting to Saint Louis ?

Being undersized as a pitcher I am going to have to continue doing what I have always done and that's living in the weight room and continue to strengthen my arm and add velocity. 

PBR: Outside of your family, who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player and why?

This is a no brainer: Jerry Hobbs and Mark Stanek, my summer coaches. I joined the team when I was 11 years old and they have given me everything I have needed to become the player I am today. I wouldn't be where I am without them. 

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

This spring was a blast for me and the whole Southwest team. We had a great year probably a lot better than what most people thought by finishing second in state. Individually two highlights of the year were pitching against Blue Valley going head to head with Ryan Cyr when I struck out the first 10 batters to start the game. Then my favorite part of the year was the play-offs where I threw a perfect game in the regional then my next start in the state tournament I threw a no-hitter. 

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

The facilities are probably one of the biggest aids to my development and, personally, I have a great relationship with Mac and he was actually a huge advisor for me in my decision to go to SLU. I have nothing but great things to say about the organization. 

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

Three toughest hitters were Sam Davis (Blue Valley West, 2015), Clay Custer (Blue Valley Northwest, 2014) and Riley Pint (St. Thomas Aquinas, 2016).

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

Sam Davis. Every time we played West I think he went 2-for-4 or better. He has a great approach at the plate and plays with a ton of energy

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