Prep Baseball Report

Q&A with Notre Dame Commit Joe Boyle (Fort Zumwalt West, 2017)

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Joseph Boyle (Fort Zumwalt West, 2016) is a 6-foot-5 200-pound right-handed pitcher and has committed to Notre Dame.  He was a member of the 90-mph club at the PBR Future Games. 

Boyle is impressive with projection and velocity. He long limbed, has an athletic frame,and throws with easy and loose arm action. He has a high three-quarters arm slot, with smooth rhythm in his delivery, stays in line down mound, and releases with downhill tilt,

Boyle shows feel for three pitches, a fastball at 87-90 mph, that has life with run and sink. His curveball is 73-74, 11-to-5 plane, sharp/late break, change-up at near fastball arm speed, 80-82 mph, arm side release.

Boyle is a top prospect in the 2017 class with a high ceiling. Here a look inside the recruiting process for Joseph Boyle.

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

Boyle: I thought the recruiting process was going to be slower than what it was.  It was a lot more exciting and fun than I would’ve ever thought.  It was difficult to keep in touch with the coaches but it was definitely worth it

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

Boyle: Location played a small role in my decision.  I knew I wanted to go to school in the Midwest but distance was not going to restrict my choice in schools.

PBR: Where did Notre Dame first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?

Boyle: Notre Dame first saw me at a showcase in Fort Myers and then again in Atlanta. My relationship developed over time as they saw me play more and I visited after the Future Games.

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

Boyle: Missouri recruit, Mark Vierling because he has a great overall approached at the plate and is a really tough out. 

PBR: Describe you experience at the PBR Future Games.

Boyle: I had a lot of fun at the PBR Future Games.  It was a great experience to be able to play with the best players in the state and to play against some of the best players in the country. It got me a lot of exposure in front of some great schools.

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

Boyle: Work harder than anyone else.  The harder you work, the more it will pay off in the end.

PBR: What do you do in the off season to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?

Boyle: I lift and throw at P3 during the off season to stay in top shape for baseball.

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

Boyle: Vanderbilt, Virginia, Missouri, Wake Forest and TCU.

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?

Boyle: The recruiting process started to move faster when summer ball started after my sophomore year. 

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals? Name some players that will play a key role for Fort Zumwalt West in 2016.

Boyle: I think we are going to be really strong this high school season.  I think we have a chance of making it pretty far in the playoffs.  All the seniors will be a huge contribution to the team next year.  If they take control of the leadership role, we will be very successful this season.

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

Boyle: I play with the St. Louis Pirates in the summer.  My most memorable experience was going 5-2 in East Cobb last summer.

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